Jessica grew up drawing and painting in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned her B.F.A. from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Watercolor has been her medium of choice, ever since she was exposed to it by a few talented professors. Soon after college, she packed up her life and headed West for the big skies and mountains of Montana, and has never looked back. Happily settled in southwestern Montana, she loves backpacking, fly-fishing and exploring dusty backroads with her husband and dog. She paints in her studio inside their 1920's bungalow.
Jessica was previously on the board of the Montana Watercolor Society. She exhibits her award-winning work frequently in shows at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, MT and other National juried shows. She is represented by Whitefish Pottery/Stillwater Gallery in Whitefish, MT, Persimmon Gallery in Bigfork, MT, and Tendoy Fine Art in Dillon, MT. Her greeting cards can be found at various locations in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, and gift shops in Glacier National Park.
Having grown up in rural areas of the East Coast and now settled in the mountains of Montana, I have developed an appreciation for antiquated structures and their enduring craftsmanship. Everywhere are the relics of functional, yet aesthetic designs from our bygones, leaving records of how we’ve carved out a culture from the surrounding landscape. I try to illustrate this historical testament to the human need for art and beauty in our everyday lives.
I am also inspired by Western cultural objects, and native flora and fauna. The world educates us through sensory experiences, so surface textures are ever-important in my art. Watercolor’s clean simplicity allows me the control I desire for crisply rendered, textural details found in my subjects, whether it be a ghost town saloon, wrinkled leather cowboy boots, or the patterned foliage of a Rocky Mountain wildflower.
My goal in my work is to capture not only the unique physical attributes of my subject matter, but also what story it has to tell. Just as illustrations in a book are experienced intimately, I want encounters with my paintings to inspire a closer look, a moment of private study and appreciation for thoughtfully crafted areas of character and definition.