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New Jersey-based artist Aura B. Highsmith has been creating art for public spaces and designs throughout the tri-state area for over seven years.
A Jersey City native, Aura received her BFA from The Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University. She pursued many disciplines of art ranging from illustration, painting, and graphic design. She also studied at FIT and New Jersey City University.
Fully capable of working in a variety of styles, sizes and shapes, Aura prides herself on her ability to cater to client’s visions. She works in a broad spectrum of media, including Oil, Acrylic, Water Color, and Pen and Ink. Her primary concern is communicating the big picture.
Her community highly inspired her style and allowed her a powerful source of visual images. She enjoys expressing the visual world to mend together a sense of nostalgia and sharp purpose. She continues to work on her fine art, illustration, and murals from her studio located in Jersey City when not teaching art in Newark and in Jersey City.
In 1997, Pro Arts, a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation, was skillfully presented the prestigious commission to create the Christopher Columbus Drive Mural Project in downtown Jersey City. Ms Highsmith was among a chosen group of artists to work with Pro Arts on this year long project. She helped prepare, executed, and acted as a colorist for many of the scenes that lined the city block’s 350 feet (10 buildings-in-a-row) mural. Working on the largest mural in the East was invaluable in developing her to become a mature artist and acted as a catalyst in her later endeavors.