"The picture started with heavy deep foliage. I didn't like it so I added the thick heavy branch. Trees always represented me. I'm the tree; lately, I have grown. My trees are not so small. I am becoming more bold in life. So different from the timid, quiet, and broken soul I started life as. I'm proud of my tree. It shows a lot of strength."
- Jackie Calabrese
Prints are produced on demand on either mounted wrapped canvas or giclee fine art paper in a variety of sizes here in the United States. High quality print reproductions for your home or office designed by artists living with homelessness or disabilities.
"Through my art I am able to transform darkness into beauty.”
Jackie lives with chronic depression and PTSD. She uses her art as a way to create peacefulness for herself and express her inner experience when words are not enough. Though she has been creating art for 30 years, Jackie never acknowledged her talent until recently joining art groups at Thresholds, a community-based mental health agency in Chicago.
Jackie reports that “being able to access these services has saved my life.” The art groups at Thresholds are one of the only places she feels truly safe and able to connect with others who she feels care about her. “Painting is a big release in my depression. It helps me to be more motivated in life, to feel less depressed or more peaceful. My past has been full of trauma. Art is a way to release a lot of that and find more peace within myself. It gives a place to think of that is beautiful instead of all the horror from the past."
Jackie often creates nature scenes from memory about calming places where she has felt happy or safe. She hopes that others can experience peacefulness through viewing her art. She says, “I want to make someone happy with my paintings or feel relaxed. It is my hope that if my art is hanging in someone’s home, that it can help them feel calm or reconnected to nature after a stressful day.”
Our Fine Art Paper and Photo Paper are OBA-free acid-free, 310gsm, bright white water-resistant paper made from 100% cotton. The fine art paper is a premium, flat, textured canvas paper. Our Mounted Canvas is a polycotton blend matte canvas using a pH coating that is optical brightener additive-free, acid-free, and whitening agent-free.
Each of our frames are hand built upon order to fit each piece. fine art paper and photo paper prints are framed with classic contemporary authentic wood measuring 1¼” w x ¾” h with a ⅝” rabbet with glass covering and optional white matting. Our mounted canvas prints are framed in floating authentic wood measuring ⅝” w x 2” h with a 1 ¾” rabbet.
Prints and frames are made to order and ship from within 5-7 business days of your purchase via UPS from California. If your prints arrive damaged please let us know and we will correct them for you.
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