Jessica Potenza is a Canadian artist who paints deeply contemplative pieces of horses in expressionist style. Her figurative works focus primarily on the underlying emotion she detects in her subjects. Her intention is to expose raw feeling through evocations of the equine soul. Horses have had a central influence throughout Potenza's life, and their essence thus inspires the majority of her work. Potenza seeks congruence between her articulation of minimalistic but also powerful and expressive lines, and the silent yet unambiguous equine language.
Potenza experiments with different pigments found in various coffees, Japanese ink, and acrylic paint on linen, canvas or wood. Her tendency to use natural pigments began early in her creative life, when the only paint substitutes at her disposal were those found within arm's reach while at home or on the road working with horses. 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.
Jessica has received numerous awards throughout her still young professional art career, including a medal for her innovative technique at an exposition hosted by the Vatican in Rome. Her artworks are sold in galleries across Canada, and exhibit on world tour with Cirque Cavalia.