Jessica Potenza is a Canadian artist who paints deeply contemplative pieces of horses in expressionist style. Her figurative works focus primarily on the under layers of emotion as seen in her subjects. The artist's intention is to expose raw feelings by virtue of the equine soul, one that is transparent and true. Horses have had a major influence throughout the artist's life, and their essence has thus inspired the majority of her work. There is a symmetry between the silent yet unambiguous equine language and her effort at articulating minimalistic but also powerful and expressive lines.
Working in unconventional mediums, Potenza experiments with different pigments found in various coffees, Japanese ink, and acrylic paint on linen, canvas or wood panel. The artist's tendency to use natural pigments began early in her artistic explorations, when the only paint substitutes at her disposal were those found within arms reach while at home or on the road working with horses. By observing and responding to the unique interactions between materials, her technique evolved organically rather than being derivative. Starting with lighter hues, Potenza moves to progressively darker, more saturated outlines and washes. In between the loose arrangement of lines, grainy stains of colour fall in textured layers of browns and blacks. Wrested from the woodwork, the spirit of each horse is eventually brought to life in a poignant moment of graceful melancholy.
"My art signifies to me Life, both at its exposed bedrocks as well as its radiant summits. My inspiration is rooted in these moments and their attributed feelings, the ones that last forever in our memories. These are the moments that give life meaning, that make us ask questions, that change us. Valuable exchanges between friends, between strangers. Challenges overcome, dreams accomplished, loves lost, new days, change. Worldwide we have unique lives, and in a life where there is such a struggle with respect to our so called differences, my focus is on what we do share - feelings."
Jessica has received numerous awards throughout her still young professional art career, awarded a silver medal for her innovative technique at an exposition hosted by the Vatican in Rome. Her artworks are sold in galleries across Canada, and are exposed on world tour with Cirque Cavalia.