Address: 403 Clark Street A3,
Jerome, AZ 86331
Jessica Laurel Reese was spawned by two artists in Marin County, CA a day after the biggest flood of the century. She was raised in a Victorian farmhouse whose bottom floor housed Studio 311, a fine jewelry business that her parents owned and ran for decades, and continues to create intaglio wedding bands today. Inspired by creativity transpiring in her own dwelling, Reese turned to creativity herself at a very young age. Her mother, a former professor at the Gemological Institute of America, nurtured her interest in the arts, and began teaching her to draw at the kitchen table at the age of 9. Reese continued drawing and rendering until she began taking private oil painting lessons, which she continued through her adolescence.
Reese took every available art class that her high school offered, as well as classes offered by the Academy of Art in San Francisco during summer session. Upon graduating early from high school, she became fully matriculated at College of Marin with a focus on fine arts. Reese was enrolled solely in studio classes her first semester, taking photography, life drawing, painting, and sculpture. The sculpture class at College of Marin was Jessica’s first formal lesson in three-dimensional creation, and she was smitten with an additional dimension to work with. Jessica continued with sculpture for the next three years working in mostly plaster and steel, receiving the Marge C. Cutler Award for Excellence in Sculpture, and getting 2nd place for three-dimensional arts in the student show, until she transferred to California College of the Arts located in Oakland, CA. Reese graduated with Distinction from California College of the Arts in 2006 with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, Sculpture.
Reese moved to the Verde Valley in spring of 2009, and her creativity has taken her down many avenues. Jessica has performed slam poetry on many stages in the Verde Valley, winning two poetry slams including Yavapai College’s Art Has Power Slam in 2010. Jessica began studying human biology, and has made two and three dimensional work expressing her interest in microbiology and histology. Reese started a line of jewelry, which is currently carried at a gallery in Sedona, and has continued a series of figure drawings of prominent females in her life. In the spring of 2011, Reese began and ran the Sedona Spontaneous Arts Coalition which was a flash mob based performance arts group that presented everything from poetry in Tlaquepaque to singing Amazing Grace in the produce section of the local health food store. Jessica is currently attending Yavapai College to finish her degree in Nursing, and lives in Cottonwood.