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Artist Jessica Stoddart-Ladd


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Biography


Stoddart-Ladd grew up on a rural farm in middle Tennessee.  The family home predated the civil war.  As the child of photographers, she spent much of her childhood on the road with her parents at art shows.
 
As she grew, Jessica developed her own love of art and found her own unique style.  For her hard work and creativity, she was awarded an art scholarship to Austin Peay University in Tennessee, where she worked for and earned her BFA in art.  Her college work focused on sculpture.
 
After college Jessica attended Penland School of Craft in Penland, North Carolina where she studied furniture craft and design.  
 
A trip to Asheville, North Carolina followed Penland, where Jessica purchased a home and became a Studio Artist at the Grovewood Gallery, near the Grove Park Inn.  She spent 14 years in Asheville before moving to Cookeville, TN in 2015.
 
Jessica met her husband, Jon, while at Austin Peay University in 1999 and they have been together ever since.  Jon was with her during her moves and they were officially married in May of 2009 on her family’s' rural Tennessee farm.  In 2012 Jessica and Jon welcomed their daughter Elin to the Journey.
 
Jessica's first solo art festival with her current work was in Maggie Valley, NC in 2005.  Jessica and Jon have been on the road together traveling the country and showcasing her art ever since.
 
Her current work is the culmination of all of her experience and work and was an epiphany in her art as it combines all elements of her skills and imagination.  Her art is in its very nature an attempt to create an excitement while controlling the chaos of combining the abstract and realistic.  A comment or study, if you will, on thinking and seeing.
 
Just as important as the creation, is the processing of creating, and Jessica's [...]

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