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A Little Bit ABOUT Me


My name is Jessica Carpenter, the artist behind jcarp designs, and I am so glad that you are here! I am a lover of tea, coffee, and plants. I have two fur children, Max, and Boots, who make regular appearances on my Instagram stories. 

When I am not at my full-time job, I usually at my desk painting with a cup of tea in hand. 


A little glimpse into the past...

I have been drawing ever since I can remember. The flower drawing below was pulled out of the depths of my mom's garage and now sits in office. I was 6 or 7 years old when I painted this. 

Art was something that I always did in school, but it wasn't something that I took seriously until college. I drew the portrait below in a high school art class.


Throughout college I was always involved in Theatre. I tried everything from acting, to costuming, to building scenery, to running shows and working in the box office. I quickly realized that I thoroughly enjoyed scenic painting. It was a way to be involved in theatre and create art. 

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After college...

After graduating from San Francisco State University, I attended a two-year scenic artist training program at Cobalt Studios in New York. It was truly one of the best experiences of my life and everything I know about painting I learned from that school. During my time at Cobalt Studios, I learned the specifics of drawing, painting, drafting, color mixing and the list goes on and on. Below are some of the projects that I completed while attending Cobalt Studios.  


Painted Portrait


Sprayed Portrait


Dry Pigment Faux marble end table

and then jcarpdesigns was created...

The plan was to move to New York and work as a scenic painter, but life happens and sometimes things don't go as planned. My dad passed away during my last year at Cobalt Studios. I was shattered to say the least, and I knew that after graduating I wanted to move back to California to be closer to my family and friends. After about a year of not creating art, I knew that I wanted to start my own business. 

My style has completely changed from when I first started jcarp designs. I fell in love with using watercolor and ink in a minimal way. I do sneak in the occasional acrylic painting or portrait drawing from time to time. 


​If you had asked me 5 years ago, if I wanted to own my own business, I would have said no. Sometimes life has a way of surprising you and taking you on a different path than you had planned. I can't imagine myself doing anything else. 

Let's Be Friends!

For daily art, timelapses, pictures of my cats, shop updates, and much, much more follow me on Instagram at 

For more lifestyle oriented content with the occasional art pictures follow my personal Instagram account at 

If you have any questions about jcarpdesigns, you can email me at 

Thank you so much for letting me share a little bit about myself and how jcarpdesigns came about!

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