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Quit Your Day Job: JessicaDoyle’s Video Edition

Apr 19, 2010

by daniellexo

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In lieu of our traditional Quit Your Day Job interview, today we have a special video installment! Jessica Doyle is a Canadian writer, artist and influential Etsy seller. Her blog, Art & Musings, is deeply honest, touching, inspiring and contains beautiful illustrations and images. She grapples with serious issues of addiction and how it affects her life and work.

Elastic Lab recently released a video interview of Jessica, called “Working the 9 to 5 Job Was Killing Me,” for their Culture of Content Creation Series. Here it is!

Working the 9 to 5 job was killing me from Elastic Lab.

 

We love the Culture of Content Creation Series’ mission:

“In today’s world of social media, digital voices rant and rave, ruminate on their experiences, give life to the world’s causes, bring fame to the worthy, bring shame to the unworthy, denounce dishonesty and evil, and preach a million variations on truth. But while the voices are loud, the social media movement is, for the most part, a faceless movement. Conversations, discussions, relationships, business partnerships, and friendships exist where face-to-face encounters do not. Such is the nature of the Internet, and why this project, The Culture of Content Creation, was launched.

“Since the early part of 2008, Elastic Lab has commissioned video interviews with digital content creators of all kinds — bloggers, vloggers, reviewers, journalists, filmmakers, educators, artists, technologists, consultants, and many others who defy labels.”

Have a peek at their entire series here.

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Floral Mandala Art - Mia (Limited Edition Print)
Floral Mandala Art - Mia (Limited Edition Print)
JessicaDoyle
$30.00 USD
Pete the Prehistoric Octopus - 12 x 12 inch limited edition print - Sealife art
Pete the Prehistoric Octopus - 12 x 12 inch limited edition print - Sealife art
JessicaDoyle
$100.00 USD
Mushroom Art - Cluster - Limited Edition 12x12 Fine Art Print - Fungi at Sunrise - Edition of 25 only
Mushroom Art - Cluster - Limited Edition 12x12 Fine Art Print - Fungi at Sunrise - Edition of 25 only
JessicaDoyle
$100.00 USD
O is for owl no.2 - ACEO miniature original watercolor
O is for owl no.2 - ACEO miniature original watercolor
JessicaDoyle
$60.00 USD
Little Orange the Cat - 8x8 print - Orange Tabby Cat Art
Little Orange the Cat - 8x8 print - Orange Tabby Cat Art
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
Ocean Coral Fingers - 8x8 print - Beach Cottage Decor - Shabby, Chic
Ocean Coral Fingers - 8x8 print - Beach Cottage Decor - Shabby, Chic
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
Kids Art - School of Fish (Limited Edition Archival Fine Art Giclee Print)
Kids Art - School of Fish (Limited Edition Archival Fine Art Giclee Print)
JessicaDoyle
$40.00 USD
The Sultry Seahorse (Limited Edition Archival Fine Art Giclee Print)
The Sultry Seahorse (Limited Edition Archival Fine Art Giclee Print)
JessicaDoyle
$40.00 USD
Spring Pussy Willows - Limited Edition Archival Fine Art Print
Spring Pussy Willows - Limited Edition Archival Fine Art Print
JessicaDoyle
$35.00 USD
Family Art - We Series - Set with three 8.5x11 prints - WE Grow, WE Flourish, We Reproduce
Family Art - We Series - Set with three 8.5x11 prints - WE Grow, WE Flourish, We Reproduce
JessicaDoyle
$60.00 USD
A Little Something - Limited Edition Series of 3 Fine Art Prints (small size)
A Little Something - Limited Edition Series of 3 Fine Art Prints (small size)
JessicaDoyle
$40.00 USD
Conception - 8x8 fine art print
Conception - 8x8 fine art print
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
Little White Bird Art - Set It Free (11x14 Limited Edition Fine Art Print)
Little White Bird Art - Set It Free (11x14 Limited Edition Fine Art Print)
JessicaDoyle
$50.00 USD
What Holds It Together... Morphed - 8x10 abstract art print
What Holds It Together... Morphed - 8x10 abstract art print
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
Tree of Life - Four Seasons of Trees - Set of four 12x12 fine art prints apple trees
Tree of Life - Four Seasons of Trees - Set of four 12x12 fine art prints apple trees
JessicaDoyle
$140.00 USD
Macbeth - The Witches Chant - Illuminated Manuscript Page - Limited Edition Fine Art Print
Macbeth - The Witches Chant - Illuminated Manuscript Page - Limited Edition Fine Art Print
JessicaDoyle
$75.00 USD
Wall Art for Bedrooms - There's what you are on one hand - Limited Editon 12x12 Print - The Waitress Series
Wall Art for Bedrooms - There's what you are on one hand - Limited Editon 12x12 Print - The Waitress Series
JessicaDoyle
$75.00 USD
Childrens Art - Mother Goose is Loose Creating Fairytales Everywhere - Matted and ready to frame - Edition of 25 only limited edition print
Childrens Art - Mother Goose is Loose Creating Fairytales Everywhere - Matted and ready to frame - Edition of 25 only limited edition print
JessicaDoyle
$100.00 USD
Emily the Fish (5x7 Print)
Emily the Fish (5x7 Print)
JessicaDoyle
$15.00 USD
Martha the Elephant (8x10 Fine Art Print)
Martha the Elephant (8x10 Fine Art Print)
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
Iridescence - original school of three fish illustration
Iridescence - original school of three fish illustration
JessicaDoyle
$225.00 USD
Iridescence - original school of five fish illustration
Iridescence - original school of five fish illustration
JessicaDoyle
$225.00 USD
Iridescence - original school of eight fish illustration
Iridescence - original school of eight fish illustration
JessicaDoyle
$225.00 USD
Beachy Beachy Beach (recycled magnetic locket set)
Beachy Beachy Beach (recycled magnetic locket set)
JessicaDoyle
$30.00 USD
George, yes he's a pretty fish - 5x7 Fine Art Print
George, yes he's a pretty fish - 5x7 Fine Art Print
JessicaDoyle
$15.00 USD
Owls (recycled magnetic locket set)
Owls (recycled magnetic locket set)
JessicaDoyle
$30.00 USD
Christopher the Fish - Fine Art Print - Bathroom Wall Decor
Christopher the Fish - Fine Art Print - Bathroom Wall Decor
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
Chasing the Dragon - ORIGINAL Watercolour, Ink, Coloured Pencil Illustration - exploring addiction and sobriety
Chasing the Dragon - ORIGINAL Watercolour, Ink, Coloured Pencil Illustration - exploring addiction and sobriety
JessicaDoyle
$600.00 USD
Four Seasons of Trees - Apple tree inspired 8x8 fine art print
Four Seasons of Trees - Apple tree inspired 8x8 fine art print
JessicaDoyle
$80.00 USD
Birds on Wires - 8x8 fine art print - Woodland Art
Birds on Wires - 8x8 fine art print - Woodland Art
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
Brown Eyed Fossil - Original miniature art ACEO
Brown Eyed Fossil - Original miniature art ACEO
JessicaDoyle
$35.00 USD
Butterfly Artwork - Flutter - 8x10 Butterfly Art Print - Nursery Wall Art
Butterfly Artwork - Flutter - 8x10 Butterfly Art Print - Nursery Wall Art
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
Sealife (recycled magnetic locket set) fish, seahorse and octopus wearable art
Sealife (recycled magnetic locket set) fish, seahorse and octopus wearable art
JessicaDoyle
$30.00 USD
ABC - Limited Edition Alphabet 8.5x11 fine art print for childrens bedrooms or the classroom
ABC - Limited Edition Alphabet 8.5x11 fine art print for childrens bedrooms or the classroom
JessicaDoyle
$35.00 USD
Enokitake Mushrooms (5x7 print)
Enokitake Mushrooms (5x7 print)
JessicaDoyle
$15.00 USD
What Does the Hand Mean Large 12x12 inch Limited Edition Print - Edition of 25 only
What Does the Hand Mean Large 12x12 inch Limited Edition Print - Edition of 25 only
JessicaDoyle
$100.00 USD
Cat Art - The Ball is under Control, 8x8 fine art print
Cat Art - The Ball is under Control, 8x8 fine art print
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
Stretch - 12x12 inch limited edition fine art print - fairy yoga oh my - Edition of 25 only
Stretch - 12x12 inch limited edition fine art print - fairy yoga oh my - Edition of 25 only
JessicaDoyle
$100.00 USD
Alien Love Art - Do You Love Me - Large Size Limited Edition fine art print with sunshine, moon and flowers
Alien Love Art - Do You Love Me - Large Size Limited Edition fine art print with sunshine, moon and flowers
JessicaDoyle
$75.00 USD
Pink Daisy - Original Drawing ACEO
Pink Daisy - Original Drawing ACEO
JessicaDoyle
$50.00 USD
Acid Plaid - ACEO original miniature art - watercolour and ink
Acid Plaid - ACEO original miniature art - watercolour and ink
JessicaDoyle
$40.00 USD
Day Dreams (8x8 Print)
Day Dreams (8x8 Print)
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
We Flourish Print
We Flourish Print
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
We Grow - 8.5 x 11 Print
We Grow - 8.5 x 11 Print
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
Delilah the Fish - Limited Edition Print - Fish Bathroom Wall Art - Edition of 25 only
Delilah the Fish - Limited Edition Print - Fish Bathroom Wall Art - Edition of 25 only
JessicaDoyle
$40.00 USD
Culmination - Limited Edition 8x8 Fine Art Print - Dreamy Big Eyes Wall Decor
Culmination - Limited Edition 8x8 Fine Art Print - Dreamy Big Eyes Wall Decor
JessicaDoyle
$30.00 USD
Four Seasons of Trees (recycled magnetic locket set)
Four Seasons of Trees (recycled magnetic locket set)
JessicaDoyle
$30.00 USD
ABC - Limited Edition Alphabet 11x14 fine art print for childrens bedrooms or the classroom
ABC - Limited Edition Alphabet 11x14 fine art print for childrens bedrooms or the classroom
JessicaDoyle
$50.00 USD
Four Seasons Art - Four Seasons of Trees - Set of four apple tree inspired 8x8 fine art prints
Four Seasons Art - Four Seasons of Trees - Set of four apple tree inspired 8x8 fine art prints
JessicaDoyle
$80.00 USD
A little dude driving a multi-winged floating boat hauling a big fish out of the salty water - Limited Edition of 25 only 12x12 print
A little dude driving a multi-winged floating boat hauling a big fish out of the salty water - Limited Edition of 25 only 12x12 print
JessicaDoyle
$100.00 USD
Bathroom Wall Art - Francis the Fish - 8.5 x 11 inch Print
Bathroom Wall Art - Francis the Fish - 8.5 x 11 inch Print
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
Mushrooms (recycled magnetic locket set)
Mushrooms (recycled magnetic locket set)
JessicaDoyle
$30.00 USD
Mushroom Art - Cluster - ORIGINAL watercolour, ink and coloured pencil illustration - Fungi at Sunrise
Mushroom Art - Cluster - ORIGINAL watercolour, ink and coloured pencil illustration - Fungi at Sunrise
JessicaDoyle
$900.00 USD
The Dream Sequence (recycled magnetic locket set)
The Dream Sequence (recycled magnetic locket set)
JessicaDoyle
$30.00 USD
George - yes he's a pretty fish - 8.5 by 11 inch Print - Housewarming Gift
George - yes he's a pretty fish - 8.5 by 11 inch Print - Housewarming Gift
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
Hope (Peace Edition - Limited Edition)
Hope (Peace Edition - Limited Edition)
JessicaDoyle
$30.00 USD
The Wise Barnacle - 8x8 fine art print
The Wise Barnacle - 8x8 fine art print
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD
Ingrid the Owl - Limited Edition Print - owl decor - owl baby shower
Ingrid the Owl - Limited Edition Print - owl decor - owl baby shower
JessicaDoyle
$30.00 USD
Snail Art - The Messenger of Whimsy - Limited Edition 12x12 Fine Art Print - Woodland Wall Decor - Edition of 25 only
Snail Art - The Messenger of Whimsy - Limited Edition 12x12 Fine Art Print - Woodland Wall Decor - Edition of 25 only
JessicaDoyle
$100.00 USD
Sassy Sea Urchin - 8x8 fine art print
Sassy Sea Urchin - 8x8 fine art print
JessicaDoyle
$25.00 USD

156 comments

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 6 years ago

    Great article , thanks for sharing!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Great article.

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thank you for the article.

  • juliebcreative

    juliebcreative said 6 years ago

    amazing illustrations

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 6 years ago

    As always, lovely feature on a wonderful artist...

  • 3squares

    3squares said 6 years ago

    I've been a fan of Jessica's for a long time. Wonderful learning more of her inspirational story. Best wishes for continued success!

  • HaleyByHand

    HaleyByHand said 6 years ago

    Inspirational, thank you.

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and your lovely work with us! I esp. love that Magnolias print - they're in bloom right now! (I don't miss my last "9 to 5" at all...)

  • SIKIU

    SIKIU said 6 years ago

    It is nice to see an artist, a human being leaving addictions for good. Your video gives inspiration and hope to who are struggling. I would like to hear more about your art process and how did you quit your day job. Art has been my medicine for stress and I'm not surprise how good can do to people. Good job Jessica!

  • lynncyrart

    lynncyrart said 6 years ago

    This is fantastic! Congrats, and thanks for sharing!

  • LiquidImagination

    LiquidImagination said 6 years ago

    It gives us pause to see others once enmeshed in the cultural conditioning that is forced by the 9-5 ethic, who have then remastered their environments in such a way as to present a new reality for themselves. There is an example to be followed here, and you have my thanks for the renewal of hope. I vow to do my very best to do the same, for I find myself to be delving into Etsy as a way of releasing myself from the same droll atmosphere in search of transitioning into the daily artist that I have always yearned to become.

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile said 6 years ago

    Excellent, inspiring and truly artistic collection. Wow.

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 6 years ago

    Love her art and her blog! Enjoy!

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and video! I love your art! (-:

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Great video...wonderful drawings. Drawing keeps me sane!

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 6 years ago

    great video, thank you for sharing

  • lalucita

    lalucita said 6 years ago

    Awesome and inspiring. Congratulations!

  • LeftoverFishStikks

    LeftoverFishStikks said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article and beautiful work!

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • Mattie714

    Mattie714 said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful story and amazing artwork! Thank you for sharing!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 6 years ago

    I admire the sincerity and talent Jessica has! She is an inspiration for all of us!

  • helisengezer

    helisengezer said 6 years ago

    Lovely feature of an amazing artist! I am a fan :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Great change nice to see a video, I've always enjoyed the seller studio focused interviews I always love seeing other peoples workspaces even if they're really different from mine!

  • HighRidgeRockNbeads

    HighRidgeRockNbeads said 6 years ago

    What a wonderfully honest video. Thank you for sharing and your artwork is amazing!

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 6 years ago

    Always one of my favorite articles! A wonderful artist!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    I've happened on Jessica's blog and was very much touched by her honesty and her true raw emotions. Her art is sinuous and very art nouveau-ish. It's interesting to read how the mind of an artist works and alternate that with their work.

  • Artistico

    Artistico said 6 years ago

    Lovely feature of an amazing artist!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 6 years ago

    Such an amazing artist!

  • AnnetteDonnelly

    AnnetteDonnelly said 6 years ago

    Nice story -- I think many in the Etsy community can relate to the good feelings that come from creating and doing something we love. Beautiful art work, Jessica.

  • JanuaryJaniesJewelry

    JanuaryJaniesJewelry said 6 years ago

    Love your drawings

  • DearOhDeer

    DearOhDeer said 6 years ago

    These articles are always hugely inspiring, working the 9-5 is totally killing me!

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 6 years ago

    WONDERFUL video Jessica!!!! You're just amazing!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!

  • JessicaDoyle

    JessicaDoyle said 6 years ago

    Thank you daniellexo and everyone for the kind words and comments about my artwork and the video. I'm truly humbled right now. I am 4.5 years sober off of hard drugs and am looking forward to another 4.5 years of the same. @SIKIU if you travel into the archives of my blog which are located in my sidebar I documented the struggles I faced when I quit my last full-time job in July 2005. I began blogging shortly after in March 2006 in search of another more holistic way to live.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    great article!!!

  • TessaKim

    TessaKim said 6 years ago

    Great work, thank you for sharing :)

  • studio2355

    studio2355 said 6 years ago

    Continue to be encouraged, Beautiful artwork.

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, very nice video footage! I love watercolors, beautiful work!

  • FlamingoFeathers

    FlamingoFeathers said 6 years ago

    really encouraging and inspiring

  • TanyaMac

    TanyaMac said 6 years ago

    I've been an admirer of Jessica's work for a while now - I only admire her more after viewing that inspiring interview. Your artwork is unbelievably beautiful, I especially like the coral fingers piece... happy for you! ;D

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 6 years ago

    Lovely work! Lovely person! Thank you for so bravely sharing your life and experiences!

  • Panterina

    Panterina said 6 years ago

    Thanks Jessica for sharing your experience. It is moving

  • LizzyBdesigns

    LizzyBdesigns said 6 years ago

    Very Inspiring story Jessica, thanks so much for sharing!! I am a full time addictions counselor for the state of MD and it really is all about finding support in your recovery in whatever outlet that may be. Emotional and spiritual support is huge when a person is overcoming any addiction, so I am so glad you have found your passion for art in your recovery. ~Liz

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • azulado

    azulado said 6 years ago

    I love your work! It is lovely to hear the voice of someone that I love reading the blog articles and see what you create. Thank you! You are a person I admire.

  • shaylamaddox

    shaylamaddox said 6 years ago

    Yay Jess!! So awesome! xo

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    Awesome! Beautiful work Jess! Thank you for sharing this.

  • theeye

    theeye said 6 years ago

    big fan, love your work

  • dorothydomingo

    dorothydomingo said 6 years ago

    I have loved Jessica's art work for ages. May it continue to be "a light in dark places, when all other lights go out"

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 6 years ago

    Very beautiful pictures! its amazing! love your work! congrats!

  • HandcraftedorVintage

    HandcraftedorVintage said 6 years ago

    I have visited your shop quite often Jessica, to admire your work. The way you use colors touches me and I think I understand better now why that is. Very inspiring! Thank you for that.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    thanks for sharing your video and life on the blog. this is the first time i've visited your blog, and i stayed for at least an hour reading the recent posts. it makes me want to read more. great writing style with titles that capture my attention.

  • AcaciaFlower

    AcaciaFlower said 6 years ago

    Beautiful artwork from an amazingly beautiful and inspiring person. This is my favorite QYDJ post yet. <3

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 6 years ago

    Jessica, your story is inspiring, your art work, amazing. xo

  • KristynCooper

    KristynCooper said 6 years ago

    Awesome story and work! I watched this video and really enjoyed browsing in your shop.....and then I realized that you actually live about 1 hour away from me, and we graduated from the same art college! Keep up the great work!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • tortagialla

    tortagialla said 6 years ago

    Wow, so inspiring! I also quit my job because it was driving me into a life I didn't want... now I'm working towards being a self sufficient artist. Beautiful work and it really is nice to know that I'm not the only one feeling a certain way or wanting a certain lifestyle... it's possible!

  • Luncheonettevintage

    Luncheonettevintage said 6 years ago

    so inspiring, and lovely. love the camera work too, and the whole delicate way it comes together. and Jessica your story is really inspiring. Good for you for keeping it together that long!

  • galit

    galit said 6 years ago

    Great interview! I love Jessica's drawings!

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing said 6 years ago

    What amazing art! Thanks for the interview, I love hearing the stories.

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 6 years ago

    nice job! congrats!!

  • maxandolivia

    maxandolivia said 6 years ago

    beautiful work! congrats!!!!!

  • Firelily

    Firelily said 6 years ago

    I am such a fan of your art work. I have been trying to figure out my studio arrangement so I can put some of your work on the wall. I really respect your honesty and can relate very much to your story. I just celebrated 8 years clean and sober yesterday. That anniversary is the most important day of the year to me. Without it, I might not be here to live any of the other days. Erin

  • Illusio

    Illusio said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Jessica, and not before time. So proud of you. Well done my lovely. Lorrie xxxx

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 6 years ago

    tjis was just so encouraging..so honest, I know you help so many because of it

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and inspirational, thank you:)

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. Never stop!

  • henatayeb

    henatayeb said 6 years ago

    wow what gorgeous work.. and an inspirational story. Also congratulations on your sobriety.. it show great stregnth and proves its never to late to make a change and turn your life around.

  • loosethreads2

    loosethreads2 said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous artwork!

  • GwenDelicious

    GwenDelicious said 6 years ago

    so inspiring...thank you!

  • momochas

    momochas said 6 years ago

    Jessica´s shop was already one of my favorites. Her job is amazing! The shapes, use of colors,...love her creations!

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 6 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • momochas

    momochas said 6 years ago

    Jessica´s shop was already one of my favorites. Her job is amazing! The shapes, use of colors,...love her creations!

  • VedaArts

    VedaArts said 6 years ago

    i made sure to burn the bridge that was my last job in order to motivate myself to become a stay at home mom, quit your day job painter! yay! great article and great art!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Great article, thanks for sharing!

  • ecozuzu

    ecozuzu said 6 years ago

    LOVE the quote about drawing! :)

  • LoavesNFishes

    LoavesNFishes said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. The artwork is beautiful!

  • gashjewels

    gashjewels said 6 years ago

    Awesome !! Good for you..I hope one day I can sell my jewelry full time !! Dreams really do come true when you believe !!

  • seragun

    seragun said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry said 6 years ago

    I love that you did a video this time! Very nice. And great story!

  • myBeachWishes

    myBeachWishes said 6 years ago

    Great feature and beautiful artwork.This was such an important message to share- keep up your great work!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Beautiful work!

  • JessicaTorrant

    JessicaTorrant said 6 years ago

    Bravo Jessica!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 6 years ago

    "you're no different than anybody else" That's why we need artists like you, Jessica. Either with your words or your art, others who may be going thru the same thing you are going thru are looking for ways to express themselves - to put into words or images what they feel. Isn't it incredible gratifying - as an artist - to realize you are connecting with others? For, truly, art CAN NOT EXIST in a vaccuum.

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 6 years ago

    I've always loved your art work ever since I stumbled onto your shop as a newbie etsian. Very inspirational. Keep doing what your doing! ^_^

  • Ozknits

    Ozknits said 6 years ago

    Such an inspirational feature of an extremely talented artist. You are wonderful Jessica!

  • PussDaddy

    PussDaddy said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • JoannasPhotography

    JoannasPhotography said 6 years ago

    Jessica, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences. You are very authentic and extremely inspirational person. Thank you.

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 6 years ago

    Great little story, look forward to checking out your blog. I have long loved your artwork.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Thank you for your story.

  • amyflutterbye

    amyflutterbye said 6 years ago

    Jessica your art has inspired me since I hung it on my walls. To know that you have struggled with addiction as I have, makes your artwork even more inspiring! <3 Thank you for sharing someting so personal. It makes a difference!

  • KatWings

    KatWings said 6 years ago

    thank you so much for sharing this with everyone on etsy and the whole world really. what an inspiring story, and amazing art work!

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing such a great article.

  • love4rocks

    love4rocks said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring story. Thanks a lot. Wonderful!

  • MyWonderlandDesigns

    MyWonderlandDesigns said 6 years ago

    It is people like you that make us dying 9 to 5 ers rethink their lives. Thank you!

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 6 years ago

    Love the Seahorse and George, Aquatic live in a different style. School of fish seems that they are looking back at you took me awhile to notice

  • GracensDesigns

    GracensDesigns said 6 years ago

    Thank You for sharing your life with me. It made my heart sad, to hear how hard life has been for you, but so proud of you for fighting it back, and finding what it took to be happy. You are an inspiration and a very lovely person.

  • ShimmeringSky

    ShimmeringSky said 6 years ago

    This video 'article' really made me think, and more importantly, it made me want to learn more. More about what GHB addiction is (some shocking stats I read - I admire your amazing strength), more about your blog (such sincerity & honesty in your writing - you have an amazing 'voice'), and last but not least, your amazingly detailed yet almost dreamlike artwork - beautiful! You are a great artist & role model - congratulations on being recognized as such! Bobbie Langley, BC

  • Huismus

    Huismus said 6 years ago

    It's so great to see you up here! Yay!

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Thanks your sharing

  • nanouke

    nanouke said 6 years ago

    Jessica is beautiful and so is her work :)

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 6 years ago

    Wonderful inspirational story! Thank you!

  • MegnificentCo

    MegnificentCo said 6 years ago

    Tremendously inspirational. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm off to check out your blog!

  • Morado

    Morado said 6 years ago

    Jesicca has been one of my favorite artists ever since I joined Etsy. It was nice connecting with her through this article. Thanks!

  • littleputbooks

    littleputbooks said 6 years ago

    Dude lady! You are amazing!!

  • JessicaDoyle

    JessicaDoyle said 6 years ago

    Wow! I've read each and every one of your comments from yesterday and today. Thank you all for your encouraging words and hope. :)

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 6 years ago

    That was a really good video and a interesting story. I love the soundtrack too - thanks for sharing with us - off to check out your blog!

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 6 years ago

    I salute you, amazing story and amazing work.

  • thaiamuletluckbuddha

    thaiamuletluckbuddha said 6 years ago

    Just beautiful! I love these items!

  • HillTribeCulture

    HillTribeCulture said 6 years ago

    Wow..Amazing Nice to see your Item.

  • HillTribeCulture

    HillTribeCulture said 6 years ago

    Best time to see You Love them All!

  • HillTribeCulture

    HillTribeCulture said 6 years ago

    Ohh.....Great Idea. i like it so much.

  • GothicGlassStudio

    GothicGlassStudio said 6 years ago

    Inspiring to say the least. I am struggling with trying to squeeze my roundness into the squareness of an unrewarding, negative job. Change is on the way and my balance and spiritual fulfillment has been my art and my marketing. Gothic Glass Studio A fellow Canadian.

  • gyrlapple

    gyrlapple said 6 years ago

    Inspiring story - and I am sure many of us can relate. Thank you for sharing!

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 6 years ago

    Thank-you so much for sharing your story Jessica. I too had to leave my 9 to 5 job because of some serious health issues. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Your story is amazing and inspiring. Keep on keeping on! Your artwork is beautiful, I can't wait to check out your blog!

  • valkasinskas

    valkasinskas said 6 years ago

    Thanks for being a real person and sharing your story! Your prints are very attentive and elegant. Val

  • OpenDoorStore

    OpenDoorStore said 6 years ago

    Thanks Jessica for the wonderful article and for all the times that you brought a smile my way : D

  • LorenzoTheCat

    LorenzoTheCat said 6 years ago

    "The day job was killing me." Indeed! Beautiful story.

  • LorenzoTheCat

    LorenzoTheCat said 6 years ago

    "The day job was killing me." Indeed! Beautiful story. Hooray for people who quit their day jobs.

  • ArtworkzByCheri

    ArtworkzByCheri said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing and may God continue to bless you! Great story! I can see that you would indeed touch many lives.

  • spiritcleanslate

    spiritcleanslate said 6 years ago

    Bless you from a fellow recoverying person of 30 years, and thank you for sharing with us, you touched my life today.

  • MyWisteriaCottage

    MyWisteriaCottage said 6 years ago

    Day job and life as we live it is unhealthy. I wish I only worked 9 to 5 but I get it.I love to be creative but I HAVE to make the money. Too many depend on me. As I age I hope there will still be time for me when I don't have to work.

  • JeannineCasaleDesign

    JeannineCasaleDesign said 6 years ago

    You are such a talented artist, thanks for sharing

  • happymaxdesigns

    happymaxdesigns said 6 years ago

    What a great story and I love your work. You're so talented!

  • bazaarglass

    bazaarglass said 6 years ago

    Yeah, I draw a lot more these days! Kudos to you and your story. Thanks for sharing and I love your work!

  • traceygarciadesigns

    traceygarciadesigns said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story! Your art is remarkable!

  • ralynn73

    ralynn73 said 6 years ago

    I love your School of Fish print and the others as well. I love to draw, make pottery, and jewelry. All these are great therapy for whatever you're facing. I've had alot of health problems and making jewelry as a hobby helped me focus on other things. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 6 years ago

    lovely drawings!!

  • cleobelle

    cleobelle said 6 years ago

    amazing work! great story :)

  • kelsetsy

    kelsetsy said 6 years ago

    Loved hearing your story. Your art is beautiful. Thank you for sharing and your honesty.

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin said 6 years ago

    Absolutely Beautiful work!

  • funkyart08

    funkyart08 said 6 years ago

    Love you art!

  • peaceableempire

    peaceableempire said 6 years ago

    That's a seriously awesome story. Nice to see honesty paying off.

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 6 years ago

    Dear Jessica, congrats friend, 4.5 is a lot. ox

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Love your shop.

  • friedasophie

    friedasophie said 6 years ago

    Nice story

  • SandraDarling

    SandraDarling said 6 years ago

    cool, inspiring, love it thanks for sharing!

  • dianasartwork

    dianasartwork said 6 years ago

    Jessica that is a truly inspiring story. That gives me to courage to go forward with my dreams. Thank you for sharing.

  • PoeticArtImpressions

    PoeticArtImpressions said 6 years ago

    Thank you for this inspiring video. Just when I am feeling like I will neve be found on etsy I see this and feel encourged. Thank you.

  • RozarioCreations

    RozarioCreations said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring. Someone who definitely gets it!!

  • PoeticArtImpressions

    PoeticArtImpressions said 6 years ago

    Thank you for this inspiring video. Just when I was feeling like I will never sell or get noticed on etsy I am encouraged by you to keep going... I will face the day with hope! Thank you.

  • loveartworks

    loveartworks said 6 years ago

    Absolutely incredible! Big intense and wondrous Thank You's for putting yourself out there, sharing your story, courage and strength for all those who need it through your inspiring words and your beautiful art. I have admired your work for a long time and now I see why. May continued success and sobriety be with you every day! Peace and light to all.... :)

  • SilkstoneDesigns

    SilkstoneDesigns said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story. Your work is incredibly beautiful :)

  • EmelieSofie

    EmelieSofie said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • replicca

    replicca said 6 years ago

    your profile inspires a lot of emotion in me, having fought my own demons and currently finding peace through my work. some things remain an everyday challenge and hearing you talk about it is incredibly encouraging. all the best and never stop moving!

  • ravenhaired

    ravenhaired said 6 years ago

    Wonderful artwork. It's amazing how something as simple as a blog and be the beginning of an evolution into a whole new outlook on life.

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 6 years ago

    I love the idea that art can save a life. I agree wholeheartedly and it was really refreshing to see an interview take a different turn. Awesome, congrats too!

  • nikku

    nikku said 6 years ago

    I loved this. Thank you.

  • paperannie

    paperannie said 6 years ago

    You inspire me.

  • ArtistaTree

    ArtistaTree said 6 years ago

    I loved the video done by Elastic Lab. Jessica shows a lot of courage by sharing her experience and her art so openly. A real inspiration. Thanks!

  • TKIDesigns

    TKIDesigns said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • fascinique

    fascinique said 6 years ago

    I agree with 'Artista Tree'it takes a lot of courage to share personal life so openly. Great work and I like Jessica's opening photo "Sometimes the World Doesn't Make Sense...and That Is When You Draw"

  • lilyandgertrude

    lilyandgertrude said 6 years ago

    Beautifully done!

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 6 years ago

    Good for you!

  • soulfuse

    soulfuse said 6 years ago

    Jessica, you have an amazing sense of empowerment! All I can say is what others have said....."You rock"..... Best Wishes, Sandy

  • shadblow

    shadblow said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the vidio. It was inspiring.

  • blinddog1

    blinddog1 said 6 years ago

    Jessica - greetings from OZ. I loved listening to your words and watching your beautiful smile. You've helped others through your words but more importantly by example. Love to you!

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