The memory of rain on the red tin roof Jessica slept under as a kid. While she painted it she wondered: “What do we lose when the people we love stop loving each other?” She wrote a poem to title the poem, and it’s published in her Apologetic for Joy (Goose Lane, 2011) and called “Eadweard Muybridge captured motion by making it still” (Muybridge is the photographer who proved a horse has all four hooves off the ground during a running stride).
A painting of rain, the rain in British Columbia that Jessica missed while she was living in Melbourne in 2009 and 10. This painting is also titled with a poem, a poem in which Jessica asks if love is adequate. She asks “where do all the words we mean to say go?” Perhaps some of them land in paintings. The poem is also published in her Apologetic for Joy.
A painting of the funeral of Jessica’s niece, who was buried in a yellow toque, in the middle of winter. Jessica and her family each held a red rose that froze in their hands while they said goodbye. Jessica wrote about this painting in an essay about art, “how to bury a yellow toque” that is published in a collection of essays she edited with Lisa Martin called “How to Expect What You’re not Expecting.” (Touchwood Editions, 2013). The essay also won a Malahat Non-Fiction award in 2011.