Series:

Human Connection via Nature

In this two family portrait series, the artist connects the oneness of our human experiences through nature, pushes back on censorship and challenges social norms.

El Patterson

El Patterson

Oil on canvas, 36" x 48" (2019) Available. In accompaniment with "El Espiritu de la Gente", "El Patterson" depicts the same three scarlet macaws on top of the Patterson theater located in a diverse Central American community in Highlandtown, Baltimore. The third macaw is the viewer of the piece joining it's flock on the marquee.

Untitled (Toucan)

Untitled (Toucan)

Acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24", (2018) Available. "No soy de aquí ni soy de allá", "I am neither from here nor there". Jessy DeSantis depicts a lone toucan absent of community on the stoops of her home in Baltimore. A tropical plant is potted in contrast to the African Acacia trees lining the street symbolizing the rooted African-American heritage in her neighborhood. In Mayan script the artist brings forth her Central American roots and writes "West Baltimore Blessings".

Quetzals

Quetzals

Acrylic on canvas, 30" x 40" (2018) Available. The Quetzal is found throughout Central America. It is sacred to the Maya and Aztec peoples and inspired by artist's shared indigenous ancestry with the Central American and Mexican community. These three quetzals are perched on a historic water fountain found in Patterson Park, Baltimore. The Quetzal's feathers are acting like water pouring out from the dry fountain, symbolic for an abundance for or overflow of life.

Companion Spirits

Companion Spirits

Acrylic on canvas, 24" x 30" (2018) Available. Curious, playful Red-lored Amazon parrots are perched on a street sign in southeast Baltimore across the street from a predominately Latino elementary school. The colors found on the parrots are found in the street signs - a perfect blend and sense of belonging. The Mayan glyph for "companion spirit" is within the crosswalk sign and is pronounced "way".It's the artist's play on the English and Mayan language for right of way and companion spirit.

El Espíritu de la Gente

El Espíritu de la Gente

Acrylic on canvas, 18"x24" (2018) Available. This painting features typical architecture found in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. Parrots, Central American pottery, and a Royal Poinciana tree are incorporated as a form of magical realism. The artist blends the beauty of two seemingly different worlds into a new reality.

Madison Avenue Arch

Madison Avenue Arch

Acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16" (2018) Available. Located in the third oldest established park in the United States, Druid Hill Park (comprised of land belonging to the Susquehannock people that was ceded to lord Baltimore in 1652) is a historic park in Baltimore City. This structure can be found to the south of the park at it's Madison entrance located in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood.

Pagoda

Pagoda

Oil on canvas (2018). This work is inspired by the iconic Patterson Park Pagoda. Designed in 1890, the Pagoda is a true Baltimore landmark.

©2020 by J DeSantis Art.

Baltimore, MD

Companion Spirits

Acrylic on canvas, 24" x 30" (2018) Available. Curious, playful Red-lored Amazon parrots are perched on a street sign in southeast Baltimore across the street from a predominately Latino elementary school. The colors found on the parrots are found in the street signs - a perfect blend and sense of belonging. The Mayan glyph for "companion spirit" is within the crosswalk sign and is pronounced "way".It's the artist's play on the English and Mayan language for right of way and companion spirit.