About the Artist
Jacelyn Orellana is a freelance fine artist working with oil, gouache and acrylic paint. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two small children. She was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and migrated to Southern California at the age of seven. She attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she was trained in classical painting by San Francisco based artists such as; Dean Larson, Kevin Moore and Holly Mathews.
Many of her works are now in private collections all throughout the United States, Mexico and El Salvador. Her work was developed through commissions over the years and this caused an unintentional exploration into portraiture and figurative work.
In 2018, self portrait titled “I see you“, was included in the 33rd Annual No Big Heads Juried Show at the Hugh Mc Peck Gallery in Anchorage, Alaska.
In 2019 she developed a body of work called Explorando la Naturaleza, where she showcased portraits of her closest loved ones in colorful surreal landscapes. One of these works titled, Night Owl, would later win a juror award at the Shine: Catching the Light show at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Solomons, Maryland.
In the beginning months of 2020, during her second pregnancy, Jacelyn Orellana developed a smaller scaled body of work, where she explored the female form and motherhood. These paintings were made using more expressive ways of painting in order to portray her feelings towards motherhood and pregnancy.
In February of 2021, she published her first picture book. A book which she wrote and illustrated called Bailey the Bear and Hailey the Hare Find Blueberries to Share.
In 2022 she completed a 100 portrait challenge, which caused this year to be her highest producing year. She was accepted in the Torpedo Factory as an Artist Pro Tem and participated in the show Newly Juried: A Torpedo Factory Exhibition at Principle Gallery in Old Town Alexandria.
Jacelyn Orellana is currently working on creating a body of work exploring human psychology through everyday scenes. She captures these scenes using her film camera as she goes about everyday, the images are then transferred on canvas through paint.