USA Artist Jess Perna


Mission Statement 

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.



800-493-3239                                                                                     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.


2024 Present Heather Pilapil's Online Gallery, Temecula, CA

2023  Oil and Watercolor Show Ronald H. Roberts Public Library 9/24/23 - 11/17/23 30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula, CA 

2023  Patch Featured Article

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

2021  Present

2021  Present Heather Pilapil's Online Gallery, Temecula, CA 

2006  Present


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

Arcus Technology  

Barkleys Bank

BASF Chemical Company


Berkshire Hathaway

Better Heath Magazine

Better Homes and Gardens

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bloomberg Radio                  

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NY NJ

British Petroleum

Build-A-Bear Giant Coloring Books

Bureau of Immigration & Customs

Business Interiors by Staples

Capital One

Carbide Monster Tool Company

Century 21


Chrysler Capitol

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

Edina Realty


Fisher-Price (Imaginext)

Fordham University

4C Foods Corporation




Guaranty Bank

Harrah's Casino

Hilton Hotel Downtown Miami

Hofstra University

Honey Bear Books

International Herald Tribune

J.C. Penney Co.

Jet Blue Airline

JJ The Jet Plane Productions

J. Walter Thompson

Jacoby and Meyers

Keller Williams


KidQuest, Inc.

Kids Books, LLC

Kodansha (Medabots)

Leisure Arts Magazine

Liberty Tax Service

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Mario Joyner


Mary Maxim Stores

Mary Mount College

Mattel (Hot Wheels Series Books)

Merrill Lynch

Monmouth College

Motorola Radio


Mighty Beanz & Moose Enterprise


Modern Publishing


Neptuno Films (Connie the Cow)

New York Stock Exchange

Nicky Hilton


Orange County Choppers

Owens Corning

Oxford University

Pace University

Panda Express



Platinum Mortgage Group

Portland Winter Hawks

Polytechnic Institute

Prudential Real Estate

Purchase College

Queens College

RH Donnelly


Roche Laboratories

Ross Stores

San Diego Trust Bank

San Diego Gas & Electric


Scholastic Publishing

Senator Linda Valentino

Seven Eleven Stores

Six Flags Fiesta Texas


State Farm Insurance

Stony Brook University


Texas Instruments

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)

Toni Braxton

University of California

University of Virginia

US Army Corp of Engineers

US Bank


Viacomm International, Inc.

Waldman Publishing

World Trade Center Tower

Wonderwings Entertainment