About Jess

Jess Portrait website

Jess Harwood is a lawyer and artist with a passion for the environment and working with communities. Jess has previously worked with a peak farming body to help farmers understand their rights when approached by mining companies, and has worked in the conservation sector, attending an international treaty meeting for the conservation of sharks for Humane Society International.

Alongside her environmental work, Jess has nurtured her passion for art and illustration. Jess’ art practice is inspired by Australia’s rich environment and heritage. Recently Jess has also been exploring the use of art as a tool for mindfulness and meditation.

Artist CV

1999: Sydney Olympics Share the Spirit Competition

Highly Commended, Artwork featured on Olympic memorabilia and merchandise and my painting was hung in the Olympic Village

2000: Children’s Book Council of Australia National Roman Printing Prize for Illustration

Winner, Senior Section

2002 – 2005 Mosman Youth Art Prize

  • Highly Commended, Junior Painting, work titled ‘Sheldon Forest Creek by Moonlight’ (2002)
  • Second Prize, Junior Drawing, work tiled ‘On track, Redfern Station’ (2002)
  • Highly Commended, Junior Printmaking, work titled ‘Pond Life’ (2002)
  • Highly Commended, Junior Drawing, work titled ‘Tiger Eye’ (2003)

2008: Energy Australia Wild Summertime at Taronga Zoo Poster Art Competition Finalist

2000’s: Christmas Cards

Produced a range of Christmas Cards for businesses and Non-Government Organisations.

2010: Bandicoots and Bluegums

Business started to provide cartoons and illustrations to environmental organisations and projects. Projects have included:

  • Buttons for websites
  • Colouring-in competition designs
  • Designs for placards and signs
  • Cartoons to be shared on websites and in newsletters
  • Cartoons for the Northern Daily Leader

2014 to present: Mindful Art

Blending art practice, knowledge of mental health challenges and mindfulness, and presentation skills to produce workshops called ‘The Art of Managing AnxietyArtfully’ that guide attendees through meditative art practice.

  • Laneway Learning, I presented ‘The Art of Managing Anxiety Artfully’ workshop (2014)
  • City of Sydney Mental Health Week, presented ‘Art of Managing Anxiety Artfully’ (2014)
  • Facilitation One Day Wonder presenter, Melbourne (2014)
  • Walter the Worried Wombat Cartoon, Upswell Magazine (2015)

2015: Solastalgia Art Project

As part of this project, I am working with rural farming communities that are being impacted by mining and CSG. So far I have run a series of art workshops in Bulga, NSW and made a submission of the artworks created by attendees to the Planning Assessment Commission. This generated media interest and gave attendees an opportunity to release tension through art.

2015: Korean Exchange Camp Work Book

Provided illustrations for a Work Book for a Korean Student Exchange Program to the United States.