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About

  Tessie Jones is a native of West Fargo, North Dakota and will graduate in May of 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography and a minor in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is an Honors Apprentice scholar, through which she serves as a gallery attendant for the Focal Point Gallery in the Livingston Lord Library. Tessie has exhibited in several juried student art exhibitions and her work was recently selected for a silent auction from the North Dakota Museum of Art. In 2007, Tessie received the Diana II Photography Award. She has also self-published two books of her work, including North Dakota landscapes compiled through her year of service as Miss North Dakota 2009. Tessie works primarily in portraiture.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  As a photographic artist, I recognize many parallels between art and life. Both are about finding the beauty in unexpected places. Aditionally, if you don't like the look of something, you simply need to change your point of view. A different perspective, in art and life, can bring new possibilities.
 
  I love people. A portrait can capture the very essence of an individual, or it can give them the opportunity to play someone else for a moment, an alter ego perhaps. My goal is to make people feel beautiful. My philosophy is that a well-made portrait can give someone a newfound sense of confidence; because at the heart of it all, when you look good, you feel good. I want to create something the individual and I can both feel proud of.

Awards & Exhibitions
Honors Apprentice Scholar, MSUM
Diana II Photography Award, 2007
Selected Artist, MSUM Juried Show,
2006 - 2008
Slected Artist, MSUM Focal Point Gallery
Juried Art Show, 2006
Selected Artist, North Dakota Museum of Art
Silent Auction, 2010

Books
North Dakota Beauty, 2009
A collection of landscape photographs taken across the state of North Dakota.
Please contact me to order a copy of this book.

Fatal Flaws, 2009
A collection of portraits of fictional, flawed heroines.

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