Current pieces available from my Canadian Skyline series
Jessica Lin is a Toronto-based freelance photographer and artist with a love of travel and adventure. After receiving her diploma in photography from Fanshawe College, she spent the next few years learning everything she could about lighting and digital retouching in a large commercial studio environment. It was educational, but not inspiring.
While travelling in France in 2008, Jessica discovered her creative passion for photographing new and different places. Trips to Ireland, England, Scotland, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Japan and the southern U.S. have allowed her to build up a library of images capturing these other worlds.
Years of using Photoshop for her clients now pay off as Jessica uses those skills to turn her images into surreal layers, and turn places into fantasies. She created her first collection in 2012 using images from her trip to France.
In her most recent collection, Jessica explores landscapes closer to home, using photographs from many trips to Algonquin Park as well as two road trips out to the Maritime provinces. The results are vast landscapes with magical skies – images that feel at once very familiar and very mysterious.
November 2014- Present – Art Gallery of Ontario (Sales & Rental Gallery)
December 2015 – One of a Kind show, Toronto
November 2015 – Handmade Market, St. Catharines ON.
October 2015 - Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto (participation in “Autumn Blossoms” group exhibition)
August 2015 - Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto (participation in “SunShine” group exhibition)
August 2015 – Oakville Art in the Park
July 2015 - Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto (participation in “July Talk” group exhibition)
June 2015 – Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto (participation in “Jumper” group exhibition)
June 2015 – Waterfront Artisan Market, Toronto
June 2015 – Toronto Art Crawl
June 2015 – Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto
May 2015 – Rosedale Art Fair, Toronto
May 2015 – Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto (participation in Contact group exhibition)
March 2015 – One of a Kind show, Toronto
February 2015 – The Artist Project Toronto
September 2014 – Etsy Made in Canada show, Toronto
September 2014 – Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto
September 2014 – Cabbagetown Art & Craft Sale, Toronto
July 2014 – Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
June 2014 – Beaches Art & Craft Sale, Toronto
June 2014 – Art Fusion Steam Punk Festival, Toronto
June 2014 – Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto
June 2014 – Pride in Canada group show at Artscape Youngplace, Toronto
February – May 2014 – Art Yard Gallery, Toronto (monthly group exhibition)
February 2014 – The Artist Project Toronto
September 2013 – Cabbagetown Art & Craft Sale, Toronto
September 2013 – Danforth East Arts Fair, Toronto
September 2013 – Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto
September 2012 – Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto
Description of Process
I use elements from various photographs I've taken, and combine them together digitally to create imagined landscapes and creatures. The images are printed as giclées on watercolour paper, which I sand down along the edges and corners by hand to give extra character. I then mount the final piece onto stained or painted birch panel, and varnish to protect.
My intention is to create images that don't look like how it LOOKS to be in that place - they look like how it FEELS to be in that place.