Swirls, peaks, dots and twisted lines--these are some of the elements in the colorful symphony of work that is the art of Jessie Banaszak. Much of Jessie’s work focuses on the themes of life, hope and rejuvenation and she expresses her positive outlook via acrylic on canvas, frequently drawing inspiration from nature and travel. Jessie Banaszak currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she earned a BFA in painting and drawing and studied ceramics and sculpture. Jessie started her career as a visual display manager for retail stores and she has been an independent artist since 2002. Her work is constantly featured in various venues and charities around the Mid-West and her art has now garnered so much acclaim that it is currently on view at New York’s prestigious Agora Gallery.

Recently, Jessie spoke about her experiences as an artist and her hopes for the future:


Blasting News (BN): How and when did you decide to become an artist?

Jessie Banaszak (JB): When I was 11 years old, visiting the Louvre, I fell in love with the painting “Madonna and Child” by Leonardo Da Vinci. I decided then I wanted to be an artist.

BN: Growing up, which artists/types of art interested you?

JB: Growing up, some of the artists that inspired me the most were: Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Mark Rothko.

BN: How would you describe your work and what inspires it?

JB: I paint both abstract and figurative paintings, inspired by my love for nature.


BN: How did you go about getting into galleries and/or public showcases?

JB: After I created my own website, galleries contacted me about exhibiting my artwork.

BN: Do you have a favorite piece? If so, which one and why?

JB: “Jazz Movement” because it captures the spontaneity of improv Jazz and Organic Kaledoscope which portrays the feeling of looking at a flower through a Kaledoscope with organic shapes.

BN: What are your mediums of choice? Are there any mediums that you haven’t worked with yet but hope to soon?

JB: I use acrylic paint because of its vibrant colors and fast drying time. Ialso want to work with oil paint in the future because it has rich pigments.

BN: Your style is very vibrant and beautiful.

When and how did you develop this style?

JB:I have been developing my style for more than ten years. To capture the viewer's attention in my abstract art, I create recognizable symbols so the viewerhas a point of reference. In my figurative pieces, I add abstract shapes and colors to better express my feelingsabout nature.


BN: To date, what has been the most rewarding experience involving your artwork and/or being an artist?

JB: When someone says that my work makes them feel happy.

BN: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become an artist?

JB: Experiment with different mediums, find one that you like, and then find something that inspires you.

BN: Are there any upcoming projects and/or events that you would like to mention?

JB: This month, my work has been part of an exhibition at Agora Gallery in New York City called Dynamic Visions. I am also looking at exhibiting at some other galleries in New York and Scottsdale. I have also donated pieces to various charities. It is very important to me as an artist that I help support my community and all of the people in it.

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