Jessica Orfe


18 inches x 24 inches


20 inches x 30 inches


Jessica Orfe is a Chicago-born artist and current resident of Honolulu, HI.  She has been drawing for a lifetime, finding inspiration through many sources; she is especially drawn to nature, wildlife, and natural phenomena.  With the assistance of academic scholarships and grants, Jessica earned her BA in Studio Art from the University of Chicago (2006), a PBC in Painting & Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (2013).

The visual arts can present winding paths. Currently, Jessica has been serving as a Shows Chair for the Association of Hawaii Artists since 2016, exhibiting works in juried shows, and illustrating.  She has been a member of the Association of Hawaii Artists & Hawaii Watercolor Society for several years, and has been a Cover Artist for Savant Books & Publications since 2014.  Commissioned works include small paintings, portraits, book illustrations (e.g., Ballerina Birdies by Marina Yamamoto), hand-painted clothing, concept art, logo designs, murals, and other collaborative projects.  Jessica has been an Orvis Artist in Residence (2013), a Navasota Artist in Residence (2015), and a Schmidt Ocean Institute Artist-At-Sea (2018) with a Microbial Mysteries expedition, furthering her practice and acquiring new shareable approaches/perspectives.  Teaching is an important aspect of visual arts, and a setting that encourages creativity & learning fosters growth for artists of all levels.  Jessica has taught art (AIR/workshops/classes) to levels K-adult, in private schools and at the college level.  Art has always been and continues to be a vital practice. 

The pieces in AHA’s Contemporary Show are very different: “Ravel” speaks to an emotional, internal state, and “Piko” offers commentary on the issue of excess and environmental pollution.