Jessica Manelis has been creating art since grade school. At age 11, she began taking art classes every Saturday afternoon. Throughout high school, Jessica continued drawing and painting in a variety of mediums and ultimately settled at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, pursuing a career in the professional arts. While at Moore, she received many accolades from her instructors and won competitions where her work was featured in magazines. Upon graduation, Jessica settled in to a career as a graphic designer. Finding that creatively stunting, she set out to pursue her true creative passion.
“Self-taught, I fell in to photography as a means of generating reference photos for future art projects. However, I found the photo process was more fun. Embracing the medium, my work has been exhibited in several group shows in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, California and Florida. My work has been described as "wonderful", "brilliant", "gorgeous color and detail", "great perspective". Like most photographers, I am always looking for that unique perspective or “special something” in an image. My work embraces various styles from clean crisp well-defined images with an interesting and vital point of view to compelling composition and fresh simplicity. My aim is to entice the viewer to look at the details to become aware of the color and form of the subject. Even when using textures to enhance a photo, the viewer is drawn in and the subject maintains its focus and importance.”
“Although I have always been drawn to flowers and nature as my subject (I can be seen trolling through floral departments and flower shops looking for something unique to bring home and I spend hours in public gardens), I am always looking to push beyond my comfort zone and try new genres of photography. Street Photography has been something I have been fascinated with for quite some time.”