Hello ! I am Jessi Kempin. I was born in Germany, raised in Seattle, schooled in New York City (at Parsons),
and just moved to the fine city of San Francisco in October 2010. I work full time at the coolest art store in
San Francisco, Artist and Craftsman Supply (in ). When I'm home, I'm breathing life into my own
business, (www.yearofthepigstudio.wordpress.com) and also yelling at cable cars from Studio
What is your earliest “artistic” memory?
It would have to be drawing food. I used to go around my house and make my family "order" from a menu I'd
written up. Once they'd "placed" their orders, I'd rush to my room to draw their food. A plate of fries. A sandwich.
An ice cream. Whatever they wanted. And then I would "serve" them their food thereafter.
What are three words that best describe your artwork?
Whimsical, playful, and colorful.
What inspires you?
I wouldn't be creating if not for other artists inspiring me, naturally. but in general ? I am inspired by animals
and industrial city landscapes. I'm enamored with powerlines and have been for a long while.
What is your goal in life?
If I had it my way, I'd spend the rest of my life painting in a studio and taking photographs - selling my work
in galleries. I want my work to hang on walls in as many corners of the world as possible.
Name something you love, and why.
Horses. For their strength, wisdom, and compassion.
What makes you angry?
When people mess with my family, friends, and/or animals; I am loyal beyond belief and will do anything to
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
It's a toss up between 'My Little Ponies,' 'Breyer Horses,' and 'Playmobile.' oh, and let's not forget ' .'
What is your favorite toy now?
My cameras. Nikon (entirely manual, I never graduated to digital), Holga, and Polaroid SX-70.
What is your “dream” art project?
That's tough. I've always wanted to do a large scale mural - like the side of a building, filled with all sorts animals
and cities and colors.
What have you been listening to while you’ve been working on your art [recently]?
Most recently it's been 's new album The King of Limbs, The Radio Dept., and Young Galaxy's album
"Kokomo" (it's a long story).
If you could go back in time and talk to “8 year old YOU”, what would you say to her/him?
I would tell her that everything happens for a reason, so stop trying to control the uncontrollable.
If you could collaborate with any other artist [living or dead], who would it be and why?
Probably - he was a genius.
What is the best bit of advice that you have ever been given?
"Everything will be okay in the end. And if it's not, then it's not the end."
If you had a chance to say one sentence for the whole world to hear, what would you say?