Precious Jefferson, born in 1984 in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, Germany, and raised in the vibrant city of Savannah, Georgia, has always had a close bond with art since her childhood days. Art served as her outlet for expression, fun, and a means of navigating the ups and downs of her teenage years.
Like any creative soul, Precious found solace in her artistic endeavors, spending countless hours drawing and immersing herself in various projects, always going the extra mile for school assignments.
As she ventured into college and early adulthood, Precious temporarily set aside her passion for visual art. Over the following two decades, she delved into education, explored the hospitality industry, and started a beautiful family.
In 2019, a creative spark reignited within Precious. She began sketching pencil portraits for family and friends, rediscovering her love for capturing the essence of faces. However, she felt a deeper calling to infuse her art with the values and experiences that shaped her life's journey.
Raising and homeschooling two black boys in a suburban setting with a majority of white counterparts fueled Precious's realization of the need for representation. Hence, she embarked on crafting portraits that radiate the beauty and joy of black faces.
In early 2020, Precious embraced watercolor painting, instantly falling in love with its fluidity, movement, and delightful unpredictability. Incorporating watercolor, gouache, and ink, she crafts whimsical portraits featuring colorful, quirky subjects with an emphasis on exaggerated features.
Through her art, Precious celebrates blackness, challenging historical criticisms of African descent and promoting pride in Black/African features. In today's social climate, she employs her depictions of "black joy" to foster appreciation for people of color.
Of her art, Precious has this to say, "Being black isn't always a walk in the park, but it's a magnificent thing nonetheless. In a world that might not always see our beauty, I use watercolor and ink to craft vibrant portraits of black subjects, often with exaggerated features, big hair, and joyful expressions. My art is bright, fun, quirky, light-hearted, and whimsical. This playful approach is my way of celebrating black culture. It highlights the beauty in “blackness” and the black experience and inspires happiness, comfort, laughter, and all those warm and fuzzy feelings.".
Precious currently resides in Perry Hall, Maryland, with her husband of 15 years, Eric, their two sons, and about 50 houseplants.