Artist posing for a photo next to her painting
Jessica Le Clerc, “Cobalt Violet,” oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in, 2022

How do you find inspiration?
Jessica: I didn’t grow up with poetry, music, or art. I didn’t get to go to a normal school, in fact I was the only kid in my class for all of primary school. I grew up on a farm, pretty isolated, my dad taught me to see the land as my magic. He was so in love with trees and the wind, the smell of the clover, the crunch of the icy ground in the winter. Being outside was our art. As an adult, the thing that lights me up most is the outdoors and people. The land, the sky, the sea, and so I find endless inspiration in the Australian landscape, the place where I learned my first language, the language of belonging. I like to place people in landscapes, to show our relationship with the environment. I am most at home outside, and painting people under the sky is how I see the world so it’s what I’ve always gravitated towards.

To see more of Jessica’s work, visit:

oil painting of a mother embracing her two young daughters
Jessica Le Clerc, “The Waiting,” oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in, 2022
oil painting of birds eye view of river flowing with rocks, and a girl sitting on a rock with feet in the water
Jessica Le Clerc, “Royal Blue,” oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in, 2022


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