Paint Your Ad­ven­ture

A tele­vi­sion show from Jes­sica Henry en­cour­ages peo­ple to ex­plore na­ture while paint­ing.

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Cleve­land, OH

For three years, Jes­sica Henry has pro­duced her own art in­struc­tion videos, and she’s gained a healthy fol­low­ing on Youtube and other so­cial me­dia plat­forms. Af­ter hav­ing her videos watched for a to­tal of more than 12 mil­lion min­utes, a tele­vi­sion show came as a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion.

Paint Your Ad­ven­ture, pro­duced by CLV Pro­duc­tions’ Jeremy Salo, high­lights just how thrilling plein air paint­ing can be. Trav­el­ing to gor­geous lo­cales, Henry not only demon­strates paint­ing, but truly ex­pe­ri­ences the area, ex­plor­ing on hikes or in kayaks. Henry hopes that by re­fram­ing the land­scape, view­ers will gain a greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion and says, “In­stead of tak­ing an­other snap­shot with your phone, you can cap­ture the mo­ment and the mean­ing of the place.”

Henry grew up in na­ture, hik­ing and do­ing rodeo, and in ad­di­tion to paint­ing, she says the show aims to en­cour­age peo­ple to em­brace the outdoors. “Any time peo­ple spend time out in na­ture, it has an im­pact on your per­son­al­ity and well-be­ing that car­ries over into ev­ery­thing,” Henry says. “Even if they are just be­gin­ning, I don’t want to peo­ple to be in­tim­i­dated. In­stead, go get out and paint!”

When ap­proach­ing her own art, Henry says the ex­pe­ri­ence of film­ing the tele­vi­sion show and in­struc­tional videos has made her paint more quickly than ever be­fore. “You def­i­nitely learn how to paint ef­fi­ciently,” she says. “You make de­ci­sions faster, and you start to see the things around you more quickly.”

Other en­deav­ors Henry has in the works in­clude Re­nais­sance Academy of Fine Arts, a part­ner­ship with Daniel Hill Rei­del. An on­line academy, it has grown on an in­ter­na­tional level, and en­cour­ages ev­ery­one— re­gard­less of pre­vi­ous art ed­u­ca­tion or ex­pe­ri­ence—to give paint­ing a try. “To see this grow and flour­ish, and with the show com­ing to­gether, is a dream ful­filled,” Henry says.

The pi­lot of Paint Your Ad­ven­ture, as well as a seven-part series on plein air paint­ing ti­tled “From Me­sas to Moun­tain Tops,” are avail­able on the Re­nais­sance Cre­ative Arts web­site.

Jes­sica Henry works outdoors dur­ing the Paint Your Ad­ven­ture pi­lot.

Jes­sica Henry, Crest­ing Emer­alds, oil, 16 x 20"

Ru­ined Cas­tle, oil, 18 x 24”"

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