Jesa Townsend's Stars of Flowers

Jesa Townsend
: Jesa Townsend
Medium: Oil

One of the biggest struggles when relocating to the desert was what often felt like the lack of lush greenery here in the valley of the Sun. This thought or rather gripe turned lovingly positive when the often times 110 plus degrees disappeared with the sun and the cooler temperatures came out with the moon. 
I became infatuated with the concept of trading flowers for stars.This painting literally speaks to that adaption to desert life. I love the desert nights and it is often times my favorite time to paint.

The countdown to Best of Phoenix continues! Last year, we profiled 100 Creatives who made a mark on the local arts scene. This year, we'll have 100 creative representations of Phoenix.  No scope or requirement on medium or size -- we'll include photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, literary, and more. What do you see when you Imagine PHX?

Imagine PHX, so far: 
100: Steven Revering's Westward Ho
99: Jon Ashcroft's Suspended in Geography
98: William LeGoullon's Table
97. Jason Hill's Phoenix Financial Center89. Arnold Guerrero's Camelback Mountain
88. Sean Deckert's Ginae vs. the 12th Street Gang
87. Pete Petrisko's Admiral of Phoenix
86. Quincy Ross' Lone Skyscraper
85. Andrew Armstrong's Illustrated Cityscape
84. Thomas Schultz's Phoenix Artifact
83. Adrian Lesoing's N. Evergreen
82. Suzanne Falk's Kon Tiki Hotel
81. Lindz Lew's Bon Voyeur
80. Kevin Patterson's Phoenix Swamp Beast
79. Ramy Sidarous' Three Windows
78. Will Mejia's Orpheum Theatre
77. Steve Weiss' Portrait of Louis Lee
76. Larry Willis' Apparition on East McDowell
75. Claire Warden's Untitled No. 3
74. Randy Zucker's Dancing Saguaro
73. Robert Brandan Martinez's Medical Cannabis Tax Stamp
72. Edward Jensen's Phoenix Financial Center70. Mark Dudlik's Phoenix Rebound66. Eric Iwersen's The Saguaros Have Been Here the Longest

And, hey! It's lunch time. Check out Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes for some foodie inspiration. 

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Incredible work Jesa!

Lizzie McWilliams
Lizzie McWilliams

I was just forwarded this and have to say I love this girl. Shes got a great blog and even "greater" heart! I agree with susan she is a sweetie!

Susan Wright
Susan Wright

I love her!! Jesa is a sweetie! I just saw her work at the Artwalk!

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