Art making(visual, musical, written word etc) is a mixture of contemplative and meditative creative spiritual practice, stream of consciousness creating, mediumship, and processing the mystical experience of the Divine. It is a sacred act of expression and creation. It is also freeing, fun and exploratory. Art is an expression of pain and the healing process - repurposed, reused for the gifts that it has given as well. It is a channeling of spirit, where those that have gone before come through and provide glimpses of their message. It is all these things that can only be created in authenticity, open and vulnerable, listening and hearing the things that come through the soul, heart, sensation. These things cannot be thought out in composition. Nor do they follow elements and principles of art. The technical fades and the magic of mystical creation occurs. Our expressive art workshops are exploratory, play based and reflective. We utilize numerous methods and believe that art is a means for healing and happiness as well as, maybe most predominantly, regeneration of spirit and a spiritual practice.
Born in a thunderstorm in the heart of the US, Jess discovered her musical roots as a child, fumbling around on an old upright piano and singing along to Diana Ross. She'd go on to become a soloist, ensemble soprano and alto along with the gospel choir as Minneapolis's Park Ave. UMC church led by Frank and JD Steele of the Steele Family Singers (who produced some of Prince's work). In 2005 she began exploring toning and indigenous sound creation in acapella works and minimal ambience. This led to her eventually putting together her first album in ambient/new age in 2009 called Believe. Believe encompassed singer songwriter, ambient piano and organic/electronic synths and instrumentation, but also a message of hope for herself and others after a life of trauma survival, addiction and the death of 5 family members in a 2 year span. She'd go onto create 23 album releases from 2009-2014 ranging from music conquete, dark ambient, new age, chakra work, sound healing, space ambient, kirtambient and sleep ambient. Her latest albums released in 2022 are 831, downtempo chill/love ambient and Music For the Journey, a 27 minutes piano exploration. Working in original composition, she employs soft synths, melodies along with pianos, world percussion, soft voice effects, field recordings and experimentation with organic instrumentation to create arrangements with a cinematic depth. She has been featured on public, college and internet radio around the world. In 2010, held Denver's #4 dance track in her electronic piece Ghost Dance, was in the top 30 ambient artists on Soma FM consistently from 2010-2015 and is featured in numerous collaborative albums and with artists around the world. She performs under Jess 12Crows, Magnetic Wind, Mesawzee and Wende'ya.
Jess's art takes on metaphysical life when examined through a lens of open concept and mind. She works in mixed media, interdisciplinary process art with no preplanning, through a channeled state of consciousness, a flow state. She tosses elements and principles and most of the classic training that she learned at the KC Art Institute, Goddard College and RM College of Art and Design and relies on her intuition and Divine guidance. She is known for both mindful and meditative art, therapeutic art processes and teachings, channeled/psychic art and ritual art with healing clothes, etc. She works in fibers, paint, found objects, wood, pyrography, pen and ink, clay and just about anything else she can get her hands on. She is a 7th generation artist from a family of realists; finding her way as an abstract expressionist (and it was difficult). Teaching art for 20 years in the public school system fueled her love of exploring art and culture as well as experimentation. She's influenced by the work of the Transcendentalist Painting Group out of Taos, Kandinsky, Kahlo, Dharma Art and various other sacred arts practices. She is of the belief that her ancient ancestors had, that art is not separate from life... it is life itself.
Jessica holds a PhD in Transpersonal Counseling/Psychology with advanced degrees in applied psychology (Regis) and advanced graduate study in educational leadership and psychology (Capella), social emotional learning (UCB), transpersonal creative expression (ITP/Sofia), positive psychology (UPenn), cannabis in mental health (UCB), integrated therapies (UMN), endocannabinoids, and has certifications in wellness in recovery, women in recovery, telehealth (all NAADAC), healing in the arts (UCF), healing with art for palliative care (UC-San Marcos), grief specialist (UW, Columbia, Hospice of America), numerous clinical trauma specialties (AZ Trauma Institute), addictions (Hazelden), energy work (Cyndi Dale and various others), mindfulness (MBSR/MMFT) and angel therapies(Doreen Virtue) including color therapy, sound healing, aroma therapy and the use of meditation and mindfulness in the therapeutic environment. She has also completed certificates of extended study at the University of Buffalo's Social Work department in Trauma Informed Organizations and Foundations of Clinical Trauma Treatment. She's studying somatic therapy with Linda Thai and is a Level 3 Somatic Regulation professional, a Certified HeartMath Breathwork Clinical Provider for stress, anxiety and trauma and has studied with Bessel van der Kolk, Bruce Perry and Janina Fischer. With her Expressive Arts Therapy, she has completed Dr. Cathy Malchiodi's Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy credential as well as studies the FOAT method, art therapy with Pamela Makoff Hayes, DBT in Art Therapy, Grief and Complicated Grief in Art Therapy and completed numerous workshops with Shelly Klammer as well as Jamie Marich.
She was awarded the Presidents Volunteer Service Award for Service with Women and Children in 2006 by President George W Bush. Columbia University, UNM, Regis University, University at Buffalo, KCAI, Goddard College (MFA-IA), UMKC Conservatory, Park College, NWMSU and University of St. Mary. Professionally she is credentialed to practice addiction counseling and a registered psychotherapist in Colorado, Missouri, Oregon and Vermont imploring a holistic, approach to healing using body, mind and spirit methods from various traditions and paths of treatment both traditional and through ancient wisdom. She is completing her Functional Medicine Trauma Specialist credential currently.
She is a RTY-500 with nearly 2000 hours of yoga teaching in accessible, chair, gentle, nidra, restorative and yin. She's been a Bhatki practitioner for over a decade, has always drawn on her indigenous roots and mentoring both in animism, Ojibwe/Ottawa, Lakota, Houdanasee, Shamanism and Curanderismo. She has studied Christian Mystics with at CAC with Richard Rohr's team, Science of the Mind (CSL), Unity Principle's, Centering and Affirming Prayer, New Thought, attended Temple School with COC, and been mentored in indigenous ritual and ceremony. She additionally holds a D Min in New Thought based Pastoral Counseling/Holistic Life Coaching and was an elder, studying progressive Christianity through Philips Seminary for a short time. She considers herself interfaith and is a Universal Spiritualist. She is currently working on extended study (as she never stops learning) when she can at the Graduate Theological University.
Jessica's personal story is one of overcoming childhood trauma, multiple sexual assault's, school violence (1994) and living and working in education in Littleton, Colorado during Columbine (1999). This fueled her study in trauma, but the dark side of alcoholism reared it's ugly shortly after Columbine. After her brother died from opioid addiction in 2005, her recovery journey started and she used her master's in psychology and expressive arts training in peer support and group facilitation. She was able to find recovery through multiple spiritual paths and her deep connection with God/Creator/Source that had always been with her. She now calls this Universal Divine Energy. Sober, she experienced the death of 4 more family members the next 2 years in a never ending cycle of numbing grief, but it helped her look at death in a different way in the long run. In 2011 she experienced another school violence event through a personal attack and a year later another violent sexual assault. This drove her into deep treatment, all the while maintaining her sobriety and continually seeking spirit. She found solace in artmaking and music creation as these were her talents and the things that could not be said found ways to be soothed. Her artwork was always one of hope, with deep catharsis thrown in, as it has been through the acts of creating that she has found her constant connection to source and healing continually through this lifetime. She has been an elementary teacher, a resiliency lead, a school based resiliency specialist, a trauma informed education trainer, and has served as a intensive outpatient treatment court therapist with alcoholics. She is currently in private practice providing telehealth services. Jessica is the clinical provider and the Director of Therapeutic Expressive Art and SUD services here at The CTEA. She is honored to be blessed by spirit and to follow the Curandera Espiritu path and all of her talents as a healing, supportive presence in this crazy world.
She's still human, of course and enjoys snuggles from her cat, gardening, healthy cooking, Beat Shazam, exploring new places when she can and creating her art and music.
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