Ursula Cain-Jordan took a drawing class in 1996 at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in preparation for retirement from social work. She not only found the experience relaxing and enjoyable, but she found a hidden passion. Ursula took several evening art classes and entered her first juried art exhibit in 2001, with a watercolor portrait.
Since that first exhibit, Ursula has participated in art events in Baltimore, Harford County, Alexandria Virginia and Allentown Pennsylvania. Ursula has been the February guest artist at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Bel Air, Maryland for 7 years.
In 2014 Ursula received a Life Time Achievement Award at the "Unsung" exhibition at the Downtown Cultural Art Center in Baltimore. That same year Ursula won "Best in Show" with a mixed media painting, "Your Vote, Your Power" in the Pictures at an Exhibition, Harford Artists Gallery. Ursula is also a member of the Harford Artists Association.
Ursula has experimented with several mediums including watercolors, pastels, oils and acrylics. However, she has found that the mixed media collage best expresses her frequent themes of relationships, social struggles, politics and history. Ursula may layer paint, various papers, and/or gels. The layering process is spontaneous. Images in acrylics are painted on top of the layers of paper and gels. The mix of colors and textures produces work that is abstract and figurative, symbolic and realistic. Ursula's goal is to create a feeling that will draw the viewer into a conversation about the art.