" I love wild, unhindered expression. Mark making and color are what bring me to life as I paint. I enjoy the freedom to make mistakes and to wander around a painting with no agenda. I think this is how I would love to live my life day to day. Because this is nearly impossible as an adult, I at least get to live this way in my artwork. I mix this loose expressive style with strong imagery that speaks to my own heart and hope encourages and speaks to yours."

-Jessi Dahlquist


Artist Biography

Jessi Dahlquist is a contemporary mixed media artist from Huntington Beach California who now resides near Austin, Texas. She uses mark making, bright color and pattern to tell her story. 

Jessi Dahlquist's story is a story of transformation. Embarrassed and afraid of being herself in her early years, Jessi turned to drugs and was in the darkness of heroin addiction for many years. Once healed from addiction she worked as a counselor, helping others heal from their past and find who they truly are inside. Her work as an artist is heavily influenced by her time as a counselor and passion for encouraging others. She has a heart to see others heal and be free!