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Meet Jealena and Victor Jackson of Just Expressin Art in Irving

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jealena and Victor Jackson.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Just Expressin Art is exactly what our name states. A company that creates art in multiple forms. We specialize in oil and acrylic original canvas paintings as well as capturing life events through photography. The versatility in our craft and in our business is what defines our brand.

I, Jackson, grew up in Dallas, TX in an environment cultivated in music, art, books, photography, and various outdoor experiences. My father was a photographer and had a photojournalism major. With his tutelage, I grew inspiration on wanting to become a photographer. I have always had a deep interest in photography, which is inspired by a love of nature. I am hopeful that through my optics, I am able to express and share my appreciation for raw beauty.

I, Jea, make art from my perspective and I am mostly God-taught/self-taught. I like to create the world from my own eyes and bring a new vision to my audiences. I knew I wanted to do something creative when school projects would garner a response from others as emotions on a canvas. The feeling or experience mostly inspires me to paint; therefore, the filbert and round paintbrushes are my favorite instruments of creating. I fell in love with the idea that the world is a ball of inspiration, which opened my eyes to the many possibilities when creating. I become intertwine with each piece as if I physically step inside the canvas. My mantra is “Art can be anything that you express as your passion”.

We as the owners and founders are two artistic souls who fell in love and came up with this creation. We were on two separate paths prior to Just Expressing Art. Jackson had his own brand with photography and consulting and Jea had her own brand with her paintings. When we crossed paths, it was clear that we both were creating art just in different ways.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road. Not in the least bit. We struggled with acceptance in our realm. We wondered if our content was worthy of purchasing. By starting out as two separate entities and then merging as one, we had to adjust our mindset to become fluid. When you have been your own boss for so long and now you have a partner, thoughts are often misunderstood, and doubt tends to creep in. Wondering if our paintings were good enough as someone who has been in our field for a long time. Debating if our approach to capture life events meets the standards of those who go viral. We had to learn the hard way of course that we have to have confidence and faith in ourselves. As a black-owned company, we hold a stereotype of being unprofessional or that we provide discounts. It made it hard at first because we were not comfortable with being stern until recently. We know our worth. We know what we are capable of and it was a challenge to get to that road.

Please tell us more about your art.
Our business consists of different forms of being a creator. Jackson takes care of the visual concept through his photography skills and Jea takes care of the wall art aspect with original oil paintings. We both capture moments in time in our own perspective. Jea’s is mostly imaginative while Jacksons is more literal. We are known for forming a small piece of joy to commemorate forever. As a company, we are most proud of the moments we share with our clients when we sell them a painting, or they see their final finishes on their photographs. As individuals, we are most proud of having the ability to showcase our gifts for the younger generation who dreams of being a creator. Ultimately, the most gratifying moment is to know we actually made this happen for us and for our children. We are set apart from the masses because both of us are God-taught making this more than just a hobby. It makes this our lifeline and we take pride in giving you a piece of our heart every time we get a chance to work with our clients.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Of course, you have to grow in all aspects of life, especially business. Our future plans cannot all be revealed; however, we are working on creating our own stretched canvas. We are looking into adding consulting to our company as well so that we are able to guide others in a direction to produce a successful business as well. One of Jackson’s main goal is to create a safe space for Jea to continue to inspire without her having to worry about ever clocking into a 9 to 5 again. One of Jea’s top goal is to make sure Jackson has an outlet to be happy in what he does. A few more gems will be dropped, but those are not certain just yet.

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Victor Jackson

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