SEPT 2023 / Featured Artist: Jessica Rodriguez

SEPT 2023 / Featured Artist: Jessica Rodriguez


Jessica Rodriguez is a local artist, born in Brooklyn to Puerto Rican parents, and raised on Long Island from the time she was 4. Living on the Island all her life, she spent 20 years working at one of Long Island’s top radio stations as a graphic artist, while also running an online bakery shipping goods throughout the US. All while also being a single mother to three children. After a merger with the company, she decided it was time to do something different. Being a self-trained chef, she decided to open her own restaurant wth her husband, EmpanadaVille, which is currently open.

The artist says that painting portraits is what feels truly gratifying for her. Creating mixed media backgrounds that reflect the person being painted is one aspect she loves about what she does. What started as a hobby has since grown into her passion, and over time, another small business. People commission her to paint special portraits of their loved ones using personalized items in the background that reflect the subject, their life, and their personality. Her preferred medium is acrylic.



Founded in 1974, the Islip Arts Council is dedicated to leadership, advocacy, and excellence in the arts. Our goal is to present, produce, and promote culturally responsive, high quality programs in varied artistic disciplines for our diverse Long Island community.


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