Jas Mardis

I am a Fabric & Leather Artist who is also a 2014 Inductee to The Texas Literary Hall of Fame for a 30 year career of writing, poetry and editing.

My work focuses on the fantastic African-American image and experience of the family story.

I am sharing various works of art and writing within these pages and links to my memoir blog, 3DaysintheCity. If you desire to share anything within the website please respect copyright basics and request permission via email. I will generally respond within the work day.



2014 Inductee to the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. 2000 Pushcart Prize Award for Poetry. The Voertman Poetry Award.


Hand drawn leather works are primarily portraits of African-Americans from archived and personal portraits from 1920-present. Another series of created images are designed to be burned by laser. That series is titled: “Just A Crown: 40 Imagined Crowns Worn By Black Women


Featured Artist

February 1-29, 2020

Featured Exhibition: Jas. Mardis–Selected Works (fabric, statuary and leather burned artworks) and Keynote Artist for Black History program at Dallas Love Field Airport.

Premiere Gallery Artist

Jan. 1-Feb. 29, 2020

New OPEN SPACE GALLERY — J.Erik Jonsson Public Library, Dallas, TX Exhibition: “Let The Tablecloth Speak: The Embedded DNA Storytelling of Heirloom Linens.

Let’s make something together.