The figures in various scenes provide the viewer with the information needed to create their own narrative. My intention is for collectors of my oil paintings to enjoy speculating on the story being told in each piece of art. I have created many details to keep the viewers interested for many years. I believe in creating beautiful, quality fine art. It is a complex process often times involving a very tiny paintbrush. I have spent my life in the pursuit of excellence. I hope you have as much fun looking at the art as I have had creating it!
About the Artist
If I lived for centuries there would not be enough time to create all the art that I am inspired to make. Art is fun! It’s a passionate addiction that grows deeper each year I draw and paint. Even the intense, hard work involved in finding new ways and methods to improve each piece is immensely satisfying. I enjoy painting people in a variety of beautiful and imaginative scenes meant to provoke different moods and emotions in the viewer.
There were many artists who inspired me and whose work I studied carefully. I started as a child drawing from the cartoons I saw in my children’s books. My favorites were Disney Studios and Jim Henson. I learned about composition and how to draw human proportions from “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” by Stan Lee and John Buscema. At 11 I visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass and purchased a copy of Rockwell’s “How I Make a Picture” determined to learn all I could of the master’s technique.
My first art commission was when I was six when a neighbor paid 50 cents a card for 100 Santa cartoon holiday cards. At 11 another neighbor paid $50 for a pen and ink of his Briard dog for the cover of Briard of America Club Magazine. By 13 after much practice and frustration I was finally able to achieve a portrait likeness in pencil. Throughout my teens I created many commissioned pencil portraits. My earnings were saved for my first car however I decided to take the train and spend it on art college instead.
On weekly trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art I enjoyed drawing from the old masters paintings and statues. People would gather around to watch me draw. I was shy and acted like I didn't notice the watchful crowd. My brother Mark referred to me as the “The Drawing Boy Exhibit”.
At 15 I applied to Queensborough C.C. and was immediately accepted to the art department. At 16 I transferred to the four year School of Visual Arts in NYC. At 17 they transferred me to the Master’s painting class. I earned a BFA in illustration and fine art.
I’ve worked in almost every medium but what I love most is to paint in oil. I am currently working on a series that I intend to create for many years.
JessPernaFineArt@Gmail.com 41770 Margarita Road, #2107
B. 1972 Temecula, CA, 92591-1981
School of Visual Arts, NYC, NY B.F.A.
2 years of post graduate courses in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Independent study of artists Michelangelo, Norman Rockwell, L’Escarpolette and other representational artists.
Oil painting tutoring by great aunt and uncle artists Julia and David Greenwood.
GALLERIES, TELEVISION, COMPETITIONS, AND LICENSING ART
2023 Oil and Watercolor Show Ronald H. Roberts Public Library 9/24/23 - 11/17/23 30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula, CA
2023 David's Bridal Pearl Magazine
2022 Present Sparks Gallery, Custom Artwork Commissions and Original Paintings
2022 Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA, "minis 2022" May 15, 2022 - July 3, 2022.
2022 Temenos Literary Journal Illustrations for Spring Issue
2022 Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ Art Catalogue January & February
2021 La Tazza Piena Fine Art Gallery
2021 Present youtube.com/channel/UCiqALnLl4J22qJ8ea2Z0Jsg
2021 Present JessPernaFineArt.com
2021 Present Heather Pilapil's Online Gallery, Temecula, CA
2006 Present JessPerna.com
2009 - 2010 ABC Television primetime show "Dating in the Dark" series regular sketching on the air.
2000 Featured guest on cable TV in Virginia the “Here and Now” show.
1996 Soundview Art Gallery, Port Jefferson, New York
1991 & 1992 SVA Annual Spring Illustration Show finalist Art Directors Club, NY.
1992 Portfolio 13 SVA Illustration book containing best of student work.
1992 SVA Annual Fall Senior Student Competition Finalist Exhibition at the Art Directors Club, NY.
1991 Will Eisner's Gallery – SVA Best of Student Art Publication
90 plus commissioned children’s and adult books, print news and magazines.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – short list. Full list of 700 companies upon request.
Aetna Life Insurance Company
American Eagle Outfitters
American Red Ball
Anthem Publishing Ltd
BASF Chemical Company
Better Heath Magazine
Better Homes and Gardens
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NY NJ
Build-A-Bear Giant Coloring Books
Bureau of Immigration & Customs
Business Interiors by Staples
Carbide Monster Tool Company
Citigroup Smith Barney
City of Denison, Texas
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Colonial Life Insurance Company
CW Post, LI University
David E. Kelley Productions
Dover Corp. E.A.B. Bank
4C Foods Corporation
FRA, RISE & ARK Group US.com
Hilton Hotel Downtown Miami
Honey Bear Books
International Herald Tribune
J.C. Penney Co.
Jet Blue Airline
JJ The Jet Plane Productions
J. Walter Thompson
Jacoby and Meyers
Kids Books, LLC
Leisure Arts Magazine
Liberty Tax Service
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Mary Maxim Stores
Mary Mount College
Mattel (Hot Wheels Series Books)
Mighty Beanz & Moose Enterprise
Neptuno Films (Connie the Cow)
New York Stock Exchange
Orange County Choppers
Platinum Mortgage Group
Portland Winter Hawks
Prudential Real Estate
San Diego Trust Bank
San Diego Gas & Electric
Senator Linda Valentino
Seven Eleven Stores
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
State Farm Insurance
Stony Brook University
The City of Georgetown, Texas
The Planet Earth
The World Financial Center
The World of Sid & Marty Kroft Pictures Corp. (H.R. Pufnstuf)
Those Characters from Cleveland
(Care Bears Books)
University of California
University of Virginia
US Army Corp of Engineers
Viacomm International, Inc.
World Trade Center Tower