Jenessa Goodman is a NYC ex-pat who relocated to Encinitas, California in 2011. Though she was born in San Diego and raised in California and New Mexico, her many years of traveling and living in a wide variety of locales has colored the lens through which she views life today. Jenessa's artwork is an intelligent, thoughtful and emotionally sophisticated exploration of contemporary art. She delves deep into the pattern language of nature, seeking visual rhythms and elegant shapes. Her striking imagery highlights the abstract in nature, and the esoteric within the familiar.
In her role as a teacher and a counselor, Jenessa supports others through art-making, somatic exercises, dream work, and in learning to be more creative and flexible thinkers. She believes that everyone is creative in some way. Cultivating creativity in life is essential to achieving long-term success and happiness. When creativity is recognized and used in business, education, government, and interpersonal relationships, it positively affects productivity, innovation, achievement, and satisfaction.
Born in 1979, Jenessa attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The San Francisco Art Institute. She earned her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Jenessa is also trained in EMDR and Dream Tending. She is the founder of the Peace Poster Project, a fundraising effort for charitable causes.