All the past is our legacy. I reference this richness often and gratefully in my paintings. But for that gift to blossom in the present, both the craft of the artist and the receptivity of the observer are needed.

Every painting is always a record of the artist’s intense engagement with ideas and materials. But when the viewer also invests their own time and attention in a focused and receptive manner, a rewarding collaboration can be born.

In that partnership, the artist’s intensity, desire, skill and love can awaken the subtle, creative impulses of the viewer. This wordless visual conversation can wake us up to new perspectives and new possibilities while leading us into contact with the deepest and best parts of ourselves––parts we may have ignored, forgotten or undervalued.

Now, please explore the website, and if possible, visit the gallery and my studio this summer or fall.

JENNESS CORTEZ