About Art of a Kind

Jessyca Frederick

This website is a passion project of Jessyca Frederick. I’m here exploring the art world and sharing my experiences with you.

My goals are as follows:

  • Help artists thrive (i.e. sell more work on their own terms)
  • Promote art among non-artists
    • Help you buy art produced by living, working artists
    • Encourage you to go out and experience art in the real world, especially in your own community
  • Have fun & make money — because life is short and I still have to eat

What Is Art of a Kind?

Art of a Kind, for now, is a website designed to help you find interesting art you’ll like in a low-pressure environment that feels comfortable, like other online shopping.

My focus is on making art accessible. Accessibility comes in a variety of forms.

Price accessibility is highly variable, so I assume you can’t afford to spend millions of dollars on art, but that your discretionary income leaves room for big purchases, ranging from $500-$50,000.

I also want to make art feel accessible to anyone, regardless of much you know about art history, how art is made, or what an individual piece means. To accomplish this, I refrain from dissertations on art movements (though short descriptions are provided), discussions of nuanced technique, philosophical discussions, etc. I provide the artist’s statement in their own words, and occasionally offer additional information I think is helpful in understanding the place the piece occupies in the canon of contemporary art.

I’m not an art expert, though I have a Bachelor’s degree in the subject. I’m also not an art consultant or an art buyer. I have no relationship of any kind with any of the artists listed on this site.

I make money via affiliate marketing, which is essentially like commissioned sales online. This means if you buy art after clicking links on this site, I may earn a commission.

My Art Story

Among other things, I am an artist. I’ve applied my creativity and problem-solving skills elsewhere for many years, but after all this time, I’ve come back to art — making it and promoting it.

When I started making art in college, it was because I couldn’t fathom the idea of taking four upper-division math classes (I was a math major, after all). I picked up art as a second major because something in me liked the idea and thought it would bring balance.

My professors genuinely encouraged me as best they could — they even invited me to participate in the department’s Honors Studio as a senior. I was not exactly a fully-formed human being yet and I didn’t have a reason for making art beyond “it’s my major” so while my early work is unique, it’s mostly devoid of any real meaning or expression beyond, “see what I can do?”

After graduating from UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts – Fine Art Studio, I basically went on a very long art sabbatical. I wasn’t exactly avoiding art. I was excited to learn about website development and I followed career opportunities as they presented themselves.

My subsequent path to making art has been serpentine. I picked up digital photography to learn composition quickly. That was effective. Next, I applied my creative side to the landscape and completed the Landscape Architecture certification at UCLA Extension. I didn’t feel I was a good personality fit for the field so I didn’t continue. Then, much like in college, it dawned on me — I wasn’t spending my limited time on this Earth doing something I find fulfilling. To be inspired, I joined private Facebook Groups for artists (painting, drawing, mosaics, metal clay, and more). After a long while, I finally found that inspiration I needed to go out and start making art again.

To determine what kind of art I wanted to make, what kind of statements I wanted my art to make, how I wanted to reach viewers, I started exploring the art world in depth. And that is how this site was born — as a means to catalog my own journey of art discovery in the digital world.

21 Original Paintings of Peacocks in a Traditional Style

I love birds. I love them in person and I love them in art. My first piece of public art featured Hooded Orioles because I love birds. One of my favorite birds? Peacocks. They’re just so … majestic. And aloof. The main image on this post is a photo I took of a peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum where they wander around like they own the place. I sifted through 634 paintings of peacocks on Saatchi Art and found … Read More

24 Original Paintings of Peacocks in a Less-Conventional Style

I think it’s high time for a trend involving peacocks. Their natural color palette is soothing, “put a bird on it” never really gets old, and regal never goes out of style. I sifted through 634 paintings of peacocks on Saatchi Art and found this selection of exceptional peacocks painted in non-traditional styles ranging from abstract to impressionist. Browse more original peacock paintings done in a traditional style.

12 Paintings of Oceans at Sunset that Aren’t Basic

Art has the ability to transport us to another time and place. This is a collection of interesting paintings I found on Saatchi Art which represent the ocean at sunset. It’s a mix of abstract ocean paintings, realistic ocean paintings, and impressionist ocean paintings — all at sunset. As always, I recommend you buy art that inspires you, reminds you of happy times and places, and brightens your space. Enjoy!

Veuve Clicquot x Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama — the world’s highest-paid living artist — has collaborated with famed Champagne house Veuve Clicquot to create a limited edition gift box and label for the 2012 release of Veuve Clicquot’s ultra-premium Champagne — La Grande Dame. View the delightful video comparing Yayoi Kusama and the Widow Clicquot at Veuve Clicquot. About Yayoi Kusama A contemporary Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama is 91 years old and known for eye-bending artwork featuring dots, mind-bending installations of lights and mirrors, and her … Read More

Monet’s Water Lilies Inspire New Original Paintings

Key Takeaway: If you can’t get enough of Monet’s water lilies, you’re not alone. When it’s time to put them on your walls, consider whether you want to buy a sub-standard print of the real deal or buy a painting from a real artist who brings new life to a favorite subject. Monet’s paintings of water lilies are well known. If you feel like your knowledge or your visual picture of these iconic paintings has some holes, check out this … Read More