The Heroine’s Journey of Jessica Brown

What is the best thing that I love about my work? 

Being able to connect with others through my painting. As Robert Motherwell said: 

“What could be more interesting, or in the end, more ecstatic, than in those rare moments when you see another person look at something you’ve made, and realise that they got it exactly, that your heart jumped to their heart with nothing in between.”

What is my idea of happiness? 

That feeling of excitement and anticipation waking up on the first morning of a holiday in a new place. 

What is my greatest fear? 

The death of loved ones.  

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? 

Indecision. Seeing both sides of everything is a blessing and a curse! 

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? 

Far too many to mention, but a couple of my favourites are Patrick Heron and Mark Bradford.   

What is my greatest extravagance? 

Painting materials – paint; mediums; brushes; canvases – I have far too much!  

On what occasion would I lie? 

I don’t like lying and am terrible at it. I once read that ‘honesty without kindness is cruelty’ so I guess occasionally, a little white lie to spare someone’s feelings is not a bad thing. 

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? 

I don’t dislike anything about my work. I try not to put out anything into the world that I’m not proud of. My work is always evolving, so what I made years ago, will not be the same as the work I am making now, but that does not mean I dislike it. It’s a reflection of who I was then, just as my current work is a reflection of who I am now.  

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? 

Now. The work I’m making at the moment, is always the work I’m most excited about.  

If I could, what would I change about myself? 

I like who I am, but there’s plenty of things I could do better – like being less impatient and more confident in my own judgement – but we are all a work progress and the trick is to enjoy the journey! 

What is my greatest achievement in work? 

Selling so many paintings. I’ve sold nearly 200 paintings so far. I get so many heartfelt notes from the lovely people who buy my work telling me how much the paintings mean to them – that means everything to me.  

Where would I most like to live? 

I love where I live, but if I could have a second home it would be a loft apartment near the sea – maybe in Lisbon, Portugal, or Valetta, Malta.  

What is my most treasured possession? 

It’s a cliché, but my most treasured possessions aren’t things, but people and shared experiences.  

What is my most marked characteristic? 


What is my most inspirational location in my city? 

The ever changing view from the bridge over the river that runs through the centre of town. So many changing vistas to look at depending on the time of day and time of year.  

What is my favorite place to eat and drink in my city? 

Mor Bakery. 

What books influenced my life and how? 

There are so many books I could mention, but the books I read when I was a young teenager probably have had the biggest influence on me – two that spring to mind from back then Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, by Richard Bach and Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse. 

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? 

Mozart’s piano concerto number 21. 

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? 

I don’t have one.  

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? 

My friends and family – everyone has a heroic story to tell. 

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? 

‘Some like it hot’. 

What role play stories in my life and work? 

I often use recognisable elements such as a cup, or boat shape; a flower; a heart; a star constellation, or some text. Although these elements appear in an abstract context, they retain echoes of meaning which tell a story to the viewer.  

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? 

My paintings are like a diary – they tell the story of what I’m feeling when I make them.  

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? 

My family.  

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022?

I would like to work with a gallery based in London.  I have a few names in mind!  

What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on? 

I have two exhibitions planned and am looking forward to inviting more potential customers to my studio.  

Where can you see me or my work in 2022? 

I will be announcing my exhibitions in the coming months, but in the meantime the best place to see my work is on my website. 

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 

I will always make my paintings regardless of circumstances.  

How can you contact me? 


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