Artists Bio / Info
Originally from Tulsa OK, Janessa Bookout has lived in southern California since 2008, and now resides in Huntington Beach, CA. Janessa graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has regularly shown her work and sold many pieces to private individuals across the country since her time in school. Janessa continues to participate in group & solo exhibits on a regular basis.
Janessa Bookout specializes in mixed media sculpture and paintings and has experience as an event manager and retail shop owner. Janessa has also partnered with local surfboard shaper, Dave Moore, and helps run the office at DMZ Surfboards in Surf City, Huntington Beach. She continues to make her sculptures, mosaics and paintings out of recycled materials and reclaimed objects. She is best known for her work using surfboards and industrial scrap materials.
Janessa is greatly inspired by the imagery and environment of the beach and has been strongly influenced by her exposure to the surf industry and beach culture of southern California. Janessa also acknowledges her Native American roots and connections to wildlife and nature, while exploring the female form and feminine archetypal images like goddesses, mermaids and angels.