ABOUT JESSICA

Jessica Sporn jumped into a full-time art career when she became a decorative painter while on an extended maternity leave from her job as an attorney in a Wall Street law firm.  Creating textures on walls, and designing and creating custom stencils and characters for wall murals, quickly led Jessica into the world of licensing and illustration.  In 1996, Jessica began designing greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings. Since then, she has licensed designs worldwide; you can find her artwork on fabric, tabletop, and stationary products for companies as diverse as Robert Kaufman, Leap Year, Aviv Judaica, Leanin’ Tree, Marian Heath, and Hallmark. Jessica has long loved designing and creating her own stencils, and is happy to be doing so for Stencil Girl. When she’s not in her studio, Jessica is practicing and teaching yoga, and is a 500 hour certified instructor.

Jessica is an accomplished, self-taught, mixed media artist whose style is colorful and ranges from whimsical to spiritual with a strong Folk Art influenced. She hosts a successful Meeup Group with monthly classes in her Montclair studio, and sometimes teaches at The Ink Pad in New York City and Art-Is-You Mixed Media Retreats.

Jessica keeps an active blog at http://www.jessicasporn.blogspot.com, and is represented for licensing by Creative Connection Inc. Jessica is always looking for more art licensing and teaching opportunities.

The mom of two girls, Jessica lives with her husband and many pets in Montclair, New Jersey.

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Love_is_Love_-_FrontJessica is honored to have created the design for this beautiful #loveislove effort to support the LGBTQ community and support Orlando after the horrific shootings on June 12, 2016.  Please visit Lin-Manuel Miranda’s official site to purchase these shirts, made in the USA by Nightsweats & T-Cells, a company 100% staffed with HIV positive employees.  Working together with Broadway Cares, the proceeds from these shirts will benefit Equality Cares in Florida and their tireless efforts to secure equality & justice for Florida’s LGBT community.
BACKGROUND

She graduated from Rutgers University School ofLaw in 1985 and practiced litigation for over six years with the international firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.  A 1976 graduate of the “Fame” School, the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, Jessica performed in New York for several years, and went on to found Gas Lamp Players, a not for profit theater company in residence in the Glen Ridge, New Jersey, school district.  She choreographed, directed, and produced shows for Gas Lamp Players for 20 years.

GIVING BACK

Jessica and her family regularly volunteer often in Guatemala through a wonderful, grass roots organization called From Houses to Homes.  Since 2010, they have traveled to Guatemala at least twice a year to build houses for Mayan families in the highlands around Antigua.  They recently became godparents to a little boy, and also helped build a school and medical clinic.  Jessica donates 20% of her income to From Houses to Homes, and is always inspired by the beautiful spirit of the Mayan people, the vivid, brilliant colors of their clothing, and the natural beauty of Guatemala.

Podcast

Adventures in Arting with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Interview with Miriam Schulman

Videos

Jessica Sporn at Festive Soul Food 2015
Interview with Heidi Easley
A chat with artist Jessica Sporn about her archetypes and her artwork

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