Both of my parents are entrepreneurs, and I was privileged to spend much of my early childhood at my dad’s project sites creating sculptures with extra pieces of building material, and with my mom at the Pike Place Market in Seattle running errands for and getting artist demos from my mom and the other artists.
I left high school early for community college and then to art school in Portland, OR where I developed a strong foundation in traditional art skills. That was when I saw a large Monet at the Portland Art Museum. I was awed by the effect of this painting. It drew me in and overwhelmed me with peace and joy. It became, and continues to be one of my life goals to create paintings that have that effect on viewers.
I later went to the University of Oregon and studied psychology and animation, which poised me to jump into the high tech boom in Seattle as a medical illustrator and animator. Between art- tech jobs I worked for a few years as a research assistant at UW (psychology dept.) working with amputees and later worked for Microsoft as a media developer.
In 2007 my Midwestern-born partner and I had a beautiful son, and I was able to leave Microsoft to stay home with our son. I painted during naps with passion and focus. I began showing my work in galleries in Washington and California. Five years later we moved to Brookings, SD, and I’ve been working to capture on canvas what is uniquely beautiful about South Dakota.
My landscape, floral and portrait paintings hang in private collections in every region of the US and Canada, and in the UK, and have shown in galleries in South Dakota, Washington, California and Kansas. You can see a rotating display of my work at the South Dakota Art Museum gift shop and at the Southwind Gallery in Topeka KS. My paintings have also been published in the South Dakota Magazine a few times, including as a full page art section opener in Jan/Feb 2015, on the front and 2nd pages of the Brookings Register on April 25th, 2016, in the Spokesman Review and other publications.
2013 – Present South Dakota Art Museum Gift Shop, Brookings, SD
July – August 2014 Solo Show, Brookings Arts Council, 524 - 4th St, Brookings, SD
Dec. 2013 – Jan. 2014 Invitational Exhibition, Southwind Art Gallery, Topeka, KS
Sept. – Oct. 2013 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, Southwind Art Gallery, Topeka, KS
May – July 2012 CHASE Gallery, Spokane, WA
December 2011 Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
August 2011 Tinman Art Gallery, Spokane, WA
February 2011 Tinman Art Gallery, Spokane, WA
August 2010 Second Space Gallery, Spokane, WA
March 2010 Featured Artist, Second Space Gallery, Spokane, WA
February 2010 Spokane Visual Arts Tour, Spokane, WA
Sept. 2009n Feb. 2008 Invited to Exhibit, Edmonds Art Walk, Edmonds, WA
Sept. & Dec. 2007 Member of Oil Painters of America
Biology, Chemistry & Physics, University of Washington, 2002 - 3
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Oregon, August 1997
Fine Art, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 1989 - 1991
Many art workshops and classes
“[Jessie’s] style is representational and impressionistic and her subjects range from landscapes to figurative to still-life. She likes to illustrate an image or emotion with patterns and gestures, many brush strokes that add up to a finished piece. When you step close to one of her paintings, you can see deliberate strokes of color, and when you step back, the colors blend and become whole, encompassing a viewer with a moment of beauty.”
~ Jennifer Larue, The Spokesman-Review
An award winning South Dakota artist