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Artists & Identity with Jess Velarde

Who gets to call themselves an artist? Are there qualifications? Does someone else bestow that title, or can we give it to ourselves? Kyra and Jamin talk to painter Jess Velarde about the internal and external factors that shape how we think about our identity as artists.

Jess Velarde is a fine artist and art instructor who creates expressive figurative and botanical oil paintings. She earned her MFA in painting from Academy of Art University in 2020 and currently works and teaches from her studio in Los Angeles.

You can learn more about Jess and experience her work at

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