We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Magee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think bringing a level of authenticity to everything I do is very important for my brand, considering my brand is, well…me! I’ve realized from day one that if I put my heart and soul in to every piece I create, then people really feel that. In a world full of replicas, copies and mass produced trinkets, I really feel like there’s something special about a one of a kind, maker created art piece.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an artist, I pride myself in bringing my life experiences and personality in to each piece I create. I have always been a creative person and actually went to school to be a commercial interior designer. Being in the design world, I fell in love with color and form and texture and started implementing all of this in to my paintings. I also love the organic forms found in nature, so I like to combine these shapes and color studies together. I have been seriously painting and pursuing my art career for about 7-8 years now and it all started with a solo show at a small gallery owned by a work acquaintance. This show provided me the push to create my first body of work, which is always the hardest part! Once I had a body of work, I was able to apply to art festivals and shows. This was a real game changer as far as getting new eyes on my work and create new connections. I started the mantra of saying “yes” to as much as I could and see where it would lead me. With this mantra, I created a local partnership with West Elm, was involved in some group shows and also have been connected with some staging companies and online galleries / art consultants.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend visit Denver for a week, I wouldn’t have a hard time planning a fun visit! Denver is such an amazing city with so many amazing things to do. My whole day revolves around what I’m going to eat next (lol!), so I would definitely focus a good portion of the visit around what to eat and drink. Some of my favorite places to go are Osaka Ramen, Guard and Grace and Safta. I would also suggest food halls like Stanley Marketplace, The Source and Denver Central Market. They are a one stop shop for good food, drinks and shopping. I love walking around on a beautiful day (Denver has many!), and would probably want to stroll the Botanic Gardens, or go on a hike to one of the close by trails in the foothills. Denver is also known for all of it’s local breweries and craft beer. I love the Odell tasting room in the RINO area. This area close to downtown also has cute boutiques, a ton of restaurants and is very walkable.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family and husband have always supported my artistic career and have stood behind me 100%. I couldn’t do what I do without them!