Jessica Lynn Rohr is a fine artist from Warsaw, Ohio, who specializes in imaginative realism, fantasy, and surreal art. Her paintings are inspired by mythology, nature, emotion, music, and anything that catches her mind’s eye, with her ideas being conveyed through various creatures, animals, and symbolic elements. Her style plays heavily on clean, intricate details, vivid colors, and flowing, organic stylization.
Coming from an artistic family and having a life-long love of art, she is self-taught as an artist and has been painting for over 15 years. Although she originally got her start in acrylic, she now works in watercolor, a medium she loves for its glow, quirkiness, and spontaneity. She often combines it with ink, white gouache and gel pen, metallic acrylic, and mixed media elements to create unique and original pieces.
Imagination is defined as the ability to create with the mind, and art is a medium by which I can take these mental creations and channel them into the physical world. It’s important to me to allow my creativity to forge its own path, to be unrestricted by rules or opinions, and to push myself to keep my art growing and evolving.
Each painting begins with an idea, a spark of inspiration that can be triggered by anything – internal or external. Possibilities lie all around – in nature’s infinite variety of shapes and textures; symbolic or mental images conjured by emotions, music, or dreams; or even the ever-transforming power of life and death.
Just as the source of inspiration can vary from painting to painting, so too can the meaning behind it. Sometimes I’ll begin with a concept and build an image around it. Other times it’s the exact opposite – I’ll begin with an image, and the meaning will come later.
With my art, I endeavor to capture all these things, to offer a glimpse at the beautiful and whimsical, the dark and uncomfortable, and the places that exist beyond the grey curtain of reality.
- 2019 Y-Bridge Arts Festival Best of Show Competition: First Place for “The Ascension of the Sun”
- 2018 FOOT-by-FOOT (Four) Art Show: Second Place for “Festival of the Dogwood”
- 2017 Coshocton Art Prize: Honorable Mention & People’s Choice Awards (Collective Body of Work)
- 2017 Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival: Emily Award (Collective Body of Work)
- 2016 Coshocton County Fair: Best of Show for “A Price to Pay”
- 2016 Y-Bridge Arts Festival Best of Show Competition: Honorable Mention for “A Price to Pay”
- 2013 Pomerene Center for the Arts Annual Show: Tie for First Place for “Where the Water Turns to Crystal”
- 2006 Appalachian Women Juried Art Show, Painting Category: Best of Show for “Deep in the Forest”
- The Magical Times Magazine, April-September 2019
- 78 Tarot, Elemental Deck, 2019