About the Artist

From the time I was small, drawing has always had a place in my life. The problem was that I kept neglecting it. 

After moving back to St. Louis from Chicago in May of 2017, I decided to pursue illustration more seriously, even if just as a fun creative outlet, to keep my drawing skills sharp.

I wanted to find a name that was personal to me, yet general enough to give me room to grow. Lucky Bean Studio comes from a personal trait that both my sister and I share. We each have only one kidney and it’s in the shape of a horseshoe. Growing up, my mom would always tell us, “now that’s using your kidney,” when we’d finally figure something out.

I changed kidney to bean to avoid confusion on what kind of business I’m running (No black market business here… 😜). Plus, it reminded me of ‘the Bean’ in Chicago, coffee beans, the magic beans from Jack and the Beanstalk, and the fact that many people give others, especially tiny ones, the nickname ‘Bean’. (So many wonderful elements tied up into one name!)

Having the chance to pursue something I enjoy so much helps me find more joy in each day. I hope that my illustrations help you find joy in the small moments as well!

Thanks for all the support!

Lucky Bean Studio

(AKA Jess)

📷 Samantha Sherwood Photography

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