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Since she was 17, Jessica Lozen has had an overwhelming desire to use her interior design skills for a better purpose.

“I think my favorite thing about interior design is the ability to give people a feeling of comfort and joy,” she said. “I love helping people, and if I can do so through art, that is so rewarding to me.”

Jessica was born in Detroit and raised in Harrison Township and she studied interior design at the Detroit campus of the International Academy of Design and Technology in Troy.

She still lives in Harrison Township and she loves her small town, but she was drawn to Detroit because she has always had a huge heart for the city and wanted to play a larger role in its transformation.

She celebrated her year anniversary as a junior interior designer at HAA last month.

“I’m thankful to have taken part in any and all of the projects I have worked on [at HAA] although I really enjoyed working on the Jack/Greektown Casino Project,” Jessica said. “It is a much larger scale project than what I am used to and I love being challenged.

Since she was young, Jessica has been an artist, and she always envisioned herself working in the art field. She began drawing in elementary school and continued to work on her skills as time progressed.

“I love that my art background has spurred from basic drawing skills because this has broadened my horizons with what ‘art’ is and how vast it is,” she said.

Now, her work has evolved to include fashion and furniture illustrations, watercolor and acrylic painting, drawing, traditional and modern calligraphy and special effects make up. Although her design process differs depending on what she’s working on, she loves sketching, so if she has the opportunity to do schematic or preliminary sketches that’s always how she begins her design process.

Beyond art, Jessica is also very involved with her faith and church.

“I am a local and international missionary,” she said. “I have done many mission trips throughout Detroit and traveled to San Pedro Sula, Honduras as well as Kathmandu and Chitwan, Nepal for missionary work.”

She’s also an advocate for ending human trafficking, and the trip she took to Nepal was specifically to end human/sex trafficking and give purpose to the women trafficked.

Besides her missionary work, Jessica is also athletic. She enjoys playing soccer, volleyball and swimming. She’s also been trained in aerial acrobatics including silks, aerial sling, static trapeze, triple trapeze and partner acrobatics.

To see more of Jessica’s work, check out her website jesslozen.my-free.website.