Artist: MJ De Jesus
Size: 24in x 18in
Medium: Oil on Canvas

Story behind the artwork:
According to the National Tobacco Administration, Virginia Tobacco is the most dominant tobacco type grown in the Philippines and constitutes 58% of the total tobacco area. The market for aromatic leaf tobacco includes manufacturers of cigar and native/dark cigarettes. Tobacco contributes an enormous sum in the family income of the farmers particularly those in North. As one of the high value crops, the tobacco industry has been generating an annual average revenue of 31.8 Billion for the government for the past 3 years. It provides direct and primary source of livelihood to farmers, members of their families, and industry workers summing up to 1.93-M Filipinos.

As the Artist of this Artwork, I’m trying to highlight the importance of the Tobacco industry in our economy and livelihood for for its workers and farmers.




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About the Artist

Mary Jane Caparas- de Jesus is from Pasig City. Her love for Art rooted from both her parent’s ancestors, Caparas and de Jesus. Filipino comic strip creator and writer-turned film Director Carlo J. Caparas is her mother’s uncle, and Pambansang Makata, Filipino Poet and lyricist Jose Corazon-de Jesus is her great grandfather from her father’s side. MJ has been joining art-related competitions during her Elementary and Highschool years, though her training in Painting and Drawing was through the mentoring of Pasig Art Club (PAC) and apprenticeship by then PAC President, late Jose Pytz Santos, father of Artist John Santos III and brother of National Artist for Music, Ramon P. Santos.

MJ has been painting for 12 years and has joined several group exhibitions and art contests. Her color palette and most of her Landscape and Sunset subjects are influenced by her favorite artists, French-impressionists Claude Monet and Paul Cezanne. Sometimes she does paintings and drawings outside her usual subjects, depending on her current inspiration.