Original artwork created with an acrylic wash, acrylic paint, and ink on canvas and finished with a glossy resin coat. By Jess Tinsley.
- 100# Fine Paper
Tinsley’s paintings use an organic process of washes and layers to explore emotion alongside the uncontrollable and unseen aspects of life. Each painting begins with a swathe of paint (often a wash) that is coaxed into a thoughtful, yet uncertain composition, and on that foundation, each painting is built. This organic foundation transforms into a permanent tribute to the uncontrollable nature of life. Recognizing the necessity of flexibility and movement within the limitations created by the history of the piece, Tinsley uses imaginative brushstrokes, shapes, and colors that are reminiscent of fairy tales and stories read as a child. This part of the process ushers the viewer into an unseen world that is very much a part of our tangible reality. While hope is not seen, it is felt.
Tinsley’s work shows viewers the limitations of their bodies and minds, reminding them not to hold too tightly to illusions of control or understanding, but to stand in awe of the world and its Creator. It also reminds the viewer to live in the tension of storms and sunshine - while we mourn the deep losses that we each experience, we still seek hope and joy.