Artist Statement

     I often feel lost and down on myself because of my disabilities. There are many things that I cannot do anymore. I was once in good physical shape and had few health problems. The possibilities for my future career were almost limitless. Now I have to concentrate on things I am able to do. Although my artistic skills suffered and my style changed I can still create art. My skills continue to improve every day and I hope to soon be an even better artist than I was before my brain injury. My favorite subject matter for my art is by far, animals. I am a big animal lover and animals make me very happy. I draw animals both realistically and abstractly. I will often create watercolor paintings of animals in bright colors such as purple. I work with a wide variety of materials that range from watercolors and pastels all the way to oil paint and digital media.

     When I was in the hospital for my brain injury art was a huge part of my recovery. I had already been planning on pursuing a career in art therapy but I thought that might be subject to change. After seeing how much art helped me during my recovery I knew what I wanted to do with my life. My goals with my art are to make people smile with my artwork and maybe help people to not feel so alone in being disabled or having depression and anxiety.

      My art has gotten me through some rough times. Art helped me when I was being bullied in school long before my brain injury. Creating art makes me feel like I have power and control over my life despite my physical limitations and learning disability. It also helps me express what I am feeling during the times that I am depressed. Art is proven to be good for the mind, body, and soul.

Resume

Education

 

Saint Mary of the Woods College 2021

Degree:MA in counseling with an emphasis in Art Therapy

University of Tampa 2016

Degree: BA Art Therapy

Minor: Psychology

 

University of Tampa - Disney Leadership Alternative Spring Break 2015

 

Alliance of the Arts - Art class with Doug McGregor (Ft. Myers newspaper cartoonist) 2010-2011

 

Evangelical Christian School 2012

 

Employment

Big Arts Sanibel

Summer 2018

  • Created Art Projects

  • Taught Art Class

  • Supervised Children

Glazer Children's Museum-Camp Counselor

Summer 2017

  •  Supervised Children

  • Supervised activities

 

 

Vida-Artist

March 2017-present

  • Created Art

  • Uploaded art to website

 

University of Tampa Art Department-Gallery Assistant

August 2015-December 2016

  • Greeted Guests

  • Installed Exhibits

  • Removed Exhibits

 

Pepin Academy-Art Therapy Intern

January 2016-April 2016

  • Helped teach art class

  • Created Projects

  • Supervised Children

 

University of Tampa-Costume Assistant

August- December 2013

  • Created costumes

  • Repaired costumes

  • Hand sewed

  • Sewed on sewing machine

  • Organized the costume room

 

 

Bethlehem Lutheran Church-Custodian

2011-2012

  • Swept

  • Mopped

  • Vacuumed

  • Cleaned Bathrooms

  • Cleaned Kitchen

  • Cleaned Windows and mirrors

 

 

Mark Cooper’s Cleaning Service-Custodian

2009-2011

  • Swept

  • Mopped

  • Vacuumed

  • Cleaned Bathrooms

  • Cleaned Kitchen

  • Cleaned Windows and mirrors

 

Bethlehem Lutheran Day Care-Care Giver

2006-2008 (Seasonal)

  • Cared for children ages 2-6

 

 

Awards

  • Sigma Phi Lambda - Most Pro-Active Member 2015

  • University of Tampa - Spartan Academic Scholarship 2012-2016

  • Self-Storage Association - Scholarship 2012

  • Evangelical Christian School Band - Most Courageous 2012

  • Girl Scouts - Leader in Training Award 2011

  • Ft. Myers Taste of the Town - Drawing Contest-3rd Place 2011

  • Girl Scouts - Native American Award 2010

  • Girl Scouts - Gold Award 2009

  • Evangelical Christian School - Science Fair 3rd place in category 2009

  • Evangelical Christian School - Swimming Letter 2009-2010

  • Girl Scouts - Silver Award 2008

 

Exhibitions

  • University of Tampa-Scarfone/Hartley Gallery-Senior Ehibition-2016

  • Evangelical Christian School- Art Display-2011

  • Ft. Myers, FloridaTaste of the Town Junior Drawing Contest- 2011

  • Evangelical Christian School - Auction- Art Display Ft. Myers, Florida-2011

  • Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Competition-   Jacksonville, Florida-2010

  • Ft. Myers Parks and Recreation Junior Photo Contest-third place-2008

 

Memberships

  • University of Tampa – Healing Arts-Member 2014-2016

  • Sigma Phi Lambda -Member 2012-2016

  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship– Member 2012-2016

  • Girl Scouts - Lifetime Member- 2012-present

  • Girl Scouts – Member 2004-present

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Evangelical Christian School - Band 2011-2012

  • Evangelical Christian School - Pep Band 2011

  • Evangelical Christian School - Swim Team 2007-2011

  • Girl Scouts-2004-2012

Volunteer Work

  • Galisano's Children's Hospital-2017-present

  • Center For Girls-2015

  • Keep Florida Beautiful-2015

  • Glazer’s Children’s Museum 2013-2014

  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship - Women’s Bible Study Secretary 2013

  • Evangelical Christian School Theater Department Costume Design 2012

  • Grace Church - Mission Trip to Orlando 2011

  • Center for the Arts Ft. Myers – Art Teacher’s Assistant 2011

  • Evangelical Christian School Theater Department Set Design 2010- 2011

  • Evangelical Christian School - Thespian Society Stage Manager 2011

  • Grace Church - Mission Trip to South Carolina 2010

  • Harry Chapin Food Bank - Volunteer 2006-2010

Publications

  • SMWC's Aurora Magazine-4 poems-2019

 

Skills

Digital Art

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Corel Painter 2015

Drawing

  • Pencil

  • Colored pencil

  • Oil pastels

  • Chalk pastels

  • Markers

  • Pen

Microsoft Office

  • Word

  • Power Point

Painting

  • Acrylics

  • Watercolors

  • Fabric Paint

  • Oils

About Me

Name: Jessica Nicole Gross

Birthday: July 3,1994

Hometown: Ft. Myers, Florida

Current City: Ft. Myers,Florida

School: Saint Mary of the Woods College

Degree: BA in art with a concentration in art therapy and a minor in psychology

Favorite Artist: Van Gough

Favorite Place: Disney World

Fun Fact: Animal Lover

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