Jessica Douglas was born in a small town in Mississippi in 1977. After much destructive arting of the walls, furniture, neighbor's dog, and other assorted places, Jessica's parents enrolled her into the Visual Arts Institute at the tender age of 6 years old.
At 12, her first painting was published alongside actors such as Elliot Gould's work in an underground anthology called "Saturday Afternoon". She joined her father in the theater for many years, unofficially helping him with prop building, set building, lighting design (where she learned she had an extreme fear of heights), and other stage crew work.She even had the pleasure of spending time on the set of Babylon 5, learning from her father as he worked the sets and props.
From there she worked odd jobs from painting murals in game stores, to custom framing in frame shops. It wasn't until her father started to challenge her on different artistic subject matters that she returned to purely art. She studied under Mike Dringenberg the art of watercolors, and learned anatomy and fine linework from Arthur Roberg. Her work was sold in fantasy conventions around the world, winning awards at many of them.
Eventually, she worked for publishers like Darwin's Evolutions, Cliche's for a Cause, and Ellen Million Graphics doing cover art and book illustrations. She created art for the reprint of The Last Unicorn. She was featured in ImagineFX magazine, and worked regularly for Baen Publishing on their short stories and magazine illustrations.
Eventually she returned to her pursuit of education in the arts, studying everything from religion to stone carving in an effort to find her own voice, rather than illustrate the dreams of others. As an atheist, she choose to use the fantastic to explore the intangible questions she had about life and death, as well as handle the discovery of a genetic mental illness that was devastating to her health. Her works began to be shown in religious exhibitions at the Springville Museum of Fine Art, and was featured in many gallery exhibits about religion and the apocalypse in Italy and Canada. She has shown at several art galleries within the United States, such as the Eight and Sand gallery in Seattle, the Urban Arts Gallery in Salt Lake, and Pandemonium Gallery in Ogden.
Her service dog Zeus became a regular at art shows and conventions, and is perhaps better known than she is for his tendency to bring her potatoes when he can't find her medications. He went viral and Jessica's work derailed while she dealt with her health issues. She has been interviewed in several dog, animal and home life magazines about service dogs and what it's like to work as an artist with psychosis and a service dog.
While her health slows her down a little, she still shows at conventions and galleries, and spends most of her time focused on working with fine gemstones and beads to create massive paintings with a three dimensional element.
She lives in Ogden, Utah, with her spouse, three children, and her menagerie.