Artist Spotlight: Jess Phoenix

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series

The ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series is a collection of journaling Bibles meant to celebrate the treasure of God’s Word through the artistic talents of his people. These Bibles feature commissioned cover artwork designed by Christian artists such as Peter Voth, Ruth Chou Simons, and Joshua Noom. Each artist offers a visual entry point focused on a particular biblical theme or passage, setting a tone of reflection as readers engage with the Bible.

Each of these decorative hardcover Bibles retains the features of the original ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, such as cream-colored paper, a single-column page layout, and lines in the margin for note taking. These features coupled with captivating cover artwork make each Bible conducive to creative engagement with God’s Word.

ESV Single Column Journaling Bible®, Artist Series

The ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series celebrates the treasure and beauty of God’s Word. This Bible’s cover features floral artwork by Christian artist Jess Phoenix.

About the Artist of Garden

Jess Phoenix studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and currently works as a product designer in Seattle, Washington. Most of the flowers and leaves in her floral designs are imagined and act as a vehicle for her to create vibrant color relationships. Her work has been featured on products and projects for clients such as Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Birchbox, Pandora, and many others.

Jess’s work is featured on the cover of the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Artist Series. Below, we asked her a few questions about her work and the way her faith informs it.

When did your artistic journey begin and what are some of the defining moments that led to where you are today?

Both of my parents attended art school, so I had the opportunity of growing up in a home where pursuing the arts was not only encouraged but was somewhat expected! There was no shortage of art supplies in our home, and I spent a lot of time drawing and making. I attended the Rhode Island School of Design where I studied illustration, and I met my husband there—who is an artist/animator.

Our careers have always been focused on the creative realm, which I'm very thankful for. But even though I've always had creative jobs, which were very satisfying, I still found myself craving to have an art practice that was completely my own. So, six years ago I started creating my floral illustrations as a way to express myself. It eventually turned into a side business and it's been growing ever since!

Who or what has influenced your work the most?

My main inspiration for all of my work is color. Being able to explore bright and vibrant color combinations was the driving force behind starting my floral illustrations. I played a bit with doing abstract art, but felt a bit intimidated by the process. Drawing flowers, however, came naturally to me, so I figured that I could use them as forms to ultimately explore color.

What role does your faith play in your artistic style and process?

Seeing God as a creative entity has been incredibly important to me. God loves to create—it's in his nature for any creative person to relate to. He is the source of all creativity, and even on a small walk around my neighborhood, I can see his love of color and form reflected in the flowers and leaves. You don't need to go to a lush or tropical environment to see the range of his creativity. It's everywhere!

What are three adjectives you would use to describe your work?

Vibrant. Lush. Celebratory.

Is there a specific Scripture that informed this work or your artistic work in general?

And the LORD will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.—Isaiah 58:11

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