Traditional Pavement Artist

BFA Savannah College of Art and Design

Why do you street paint?
I chalk to educate the public and bring art to them. When people become more aware of the process and see the work that goes into creating art then a greater appreciation is developed. I also feel complete when I am creating.

Why is the Sarasota Chalk Festival important to you?
It is a wonderful festival where I get to work alongside so many talented people from all over the world. I love to learn and grow as an artist and Sarasota provides a space to do just that.

Can you tell us about the artwork you will create this year, is therea story behind it? Are there any personal or particular why you chose this image?
I will recreate a portrait of a woman with adesign around her. I often draw portraits with imagery around them with a deeper meaning.


Jessi Queen is an award winning chalk artist living in Atlanta, GA. She received her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and has been creating chalk murals on the sidewalk since 2007. She has participated in national and international chalk festivals including in Italy and Germany. With fellow chalk artists she started the Georgia Chalk Artists Guild which has grown to over 20 members from GA and around the country. She works full time as a User Experience designer at Razorfish and enjoys cycling and fostering dachshunds. She lives life to the fullest and travels every chance she gets.

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