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Hello, my name is Jade Barnes and my pronouns are she/they!

I'm a recent graduate of the University of Iowa, receiving a painting BFA and two certificates in Public Digital Arts (with a visual storytelling track) and Entrepreneurial Management. Currently, I work as an independent contract artist at Grasshorse Character Animation Studios.

In the past, I have been hired for 2D and 3D animation, animatic editing, background design, book design, character design, graphic design, layout design, logo design, motion graphics, prop/FX design, storyboard illustrations/revisions, and commissioned illustrations and paintings. I most recently worked as a voice actress for an animated short, Making My Fate, for the SYFY Channel.

As an artist, I focus on transmitting emotions through animations and illustrations - especially for children. I hope to bring new, untold, and engaging stories to all audiences. With this love, I strive to contribute my abilities to make authentic and genuine performances for audiences to enjoy, resolve potential dilemmas, and work effectively as a team. 

To me, art is a universal language we must all learn to speak. 

I'd love to work with you on your next project! If you'd like to contact me for work (or just say hi!) shoot me an email:

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