, founding partner heads Renaissance's art instructional programs. She develops and designs courses, teaches classes and workshops and contributes to the creation of the videos and workbooks offered in the programs; and is the lead instructor in the Renaissance Academy of Fine Arts.
Jessica's oil paintings are described as "Classically Impressionistic", while maintaining the discipline of her classical training, Jessica embraces the painterly approach of thick, rich brushwork and play of light throughout her colors- reminiscent of the Impressionists use of jewel- like colors to reflect light dancing. Whether Jessica is painting a poetic landscape, a mysterious still life or capturing a personality in a portrait, her work resounds with joyous light and sumptuous paint quality.
Jessica's career in art began early. At fifteen she began serious oil painting studies under the guidance of Harvey Schroeder, of Elk River, Minnesota. At that time, she also began selling her work. In the spring of 1997, Jessica's journey would take her to the Blue Mountains of Joseph, Oregon, where she became the owner and operator of The Joseph Art School. She maintained the school for a few years and quit the business in exchange for family life. Through the years Jessica's life began to fill. Jessica's work began to be more widely collected and sought after. In 2010 her work graced the cover of TOSCA magazine. Currently Jessica is working with producers developing a tv show called "Paint Your Adventure with Jessica Henry".
In 2017, Jessica relocated to Ohio and joined forces with Daniel Hill Riedel to develop Renaissance Creative Arts, LLC. This is a business devoted to teaching, inspiring and giving back to the world. More online art videos, art academy, and workshops will be offered through this venue.
Jessica is a nationally recognized artist, having won numerous awards and honors. Her work has been shown and is eagerly collected from coast to coast and has been featured in many publications, including the December 2016 and 2017 issue of “Western Art Collector” as a featured artist in an articles, “Western Art East of the Mississippi”.
In the coming year, Jessica will be focusing more time to teaching national and international workshops, more online videos, as well as studio work. "I have found that in life the most important things are gratitude, humility and the lives we touch, I'm grateful that as an artist, we are allowed daily opportunities to exercise these efforts."