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Jessica Bayless’s senior art exhibit presented at University of the Cumberlands


Jessica Bayless, a senior at University of the Cumberlands, stands beside her painting, “The Octopus’s Fall,” in the J.M. Boswell Art Gallery.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands art department held a reception for Jessica Bayless’s senior art exhibit on Monday, April 5, at the J.M. Boswell Art Gallery of the Andersen Building on campus. The exhibit was comprised of vibrant oils on canvas as well as charcoal and ink on paper.

Bayless’s approach to art is a little unique. She develops her sketches on a pad linked to a computer instead of on a pad of paper. She is able to experiment with color to achieve visually stimulating pieces of art. After fine-tuning through the computer, the works are then “eye-balled” onto a larger scale canvas using oil paints or watercolors.


“The Dance” is another of Jessica Bayless’s vibrant works of art.

“The Octopus’s Fall” is Bayless’s favorite work in this exhibit. “So much emotion went into the creation of this piece,” said Bayless. “I worked the central image of this piece over and over again. The shades of cyan depict sorrow, while the reds depict anger and love.”

Bayless, the daughter of Joseph Bayless II and Deborah Bayless of Danville, discovered her love for art when she was in third grade and grew her talent for art in high school. She is currently an art major and plans to return this fall to finish her major in communications. After graduation, Bayless hopes to work in the field of web design or possibly magazine design.