Jessica Hightower is an artist and professional graphic designer born and raised in Benton Harbor. Jessica has been painting for many years, but she turned to this art form in 2020 to express herself boldly with the “My Color is Beautiful” collection. Her paintings reflect the beauty of people of color—not just the tones of their skin but the expression of their auras.
Jessica continues to be inspired by African textiles for the bold colors, while comic books and graphic novels influenced the stylized faces in each painting, and a splatter of graffiti art can be found in her backgrounds.
Using color, facial expressions and hand gestures to convey emotion in her painting, Jessica really wants the audience to connect with the art. To be able to come up with a story of their own.