Listed among 100 Artists Who Are Changing the Conversation by Saatchi Gallery in 2021, California-based artist Abreesha Jones sets an example of resilience and courage. A mother of two, Jones juggled family and work responsibilities, while furthering her studies and battling the effects of mental illness. Harnessing the healing properties of art, Jones creates abstract and figurative paintings using acrylic, gouache, oil pastels, and spray paint. Her vaporous and exuberant brushstrokes convey a sense of carefree elation; in the tones of fuchsia, peach, and cream, they express feminine intuitiveness and sensuality. A more masculine side, however, emerges in the use of a dark palette and resolute black markings, boldly cutting across the canvas. Yin and yang energies engage in a passionate dance of opposites; coexisting in their power as equal, yet antipodal forces. It is Jones’ way of regaining her status as a woman and earning the right to be herself. Instead of yielding to the demands of the world, she approaches her work with an open mind of acceptance, because “Life is a line of unknown that can infinitely continue on,” if only we learn to release our expectations.
Jones trained at the Otis College of Art + Design, in Los Angeles. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Riverside and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Cal State University, Northridge. She has exhibited throughout California and held art and mindfulness workshops for college students. She was featured in Saatchi Gallery’s “Best of Spring 2021” catalog and one of her paintings was selected by Tina Knowles-Lawson at the 2020 WACO Theater Art Gala, in Los Angeles, for sale at a charity auction.