About Us

Launched in June 2018, Hope + Easel Collective is an online art collection of emerging female artists aimed to find their voice, expand their craft, and promote a healthy bond with like-minded creatives. Female artists in the field of painting, drawing, illustration, ceramics and jewelry are coming together to showcase their work, share their creative process to build inspiration, as well as inform each other of opportunities among galleries, small businesses, and private shows looking for new talent. 

Founder Jess Reyna believes that there is no right or wrong to art, therefore the philosophy behind Hope + Easel is that all female artists working in these mediums are welcome to join. There is no submission process or jury to determine the artistic quality and composition of the artwork. We want to discuss and explore all topics of art because we know everyone is different. Sharing a bond with other creatives is truly rewarding and beneficial to the artistic process. 


Jess Reyna | FOUNDER |

Jess is an American artist currently living in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. She has been featured in Spry Lit for both art and creative writing, and participated in the Bushwick Open Studio Salon Show at SPACE 776 in Brooklyn, New York in 2016. She will be featured in Average Art Magazine and Craftamo in July 2018.

She has taught art and creative writing to elementary school students with the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department for the 2017-2018 year, worked as a gallery associate in a downtown Charleston art gallery, and became an art instructor for a wine + paint bar. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Fairfield University. 

Tierney Parker | EDITOR |

Tierney graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Literature. She graduated from Fairfield University in 2015 with her Master of Fine Art’s degree in Creative Writing. Tierney loves writing in her spare time and is so excited to be helping Jess get this collective up and running! She currently resides in Jersey City, NJ.

Instagram: @tierney_ann