Jessa's paintings and drawings emerge from her experiences in the backcountry. Her artwork blends the creation process with adventure capturing the spirit of exploration during her time outside. Being mobile and transportable is a large part of the art process, as she brings her studio along these adventures to create artworks within the setting of that experience. These adventurous artworks also serve as studies for larger scale murals, bringing backcountry adventures back to urban and daily life.
The artworks are about the human experience. They are about struggle as much as they are about celebrating activity and these moments within the wild. These pieces explore the beauty and the mystery of wilderness and activity through the use of color, shape, and line by being expressive and dramatic, bold and bright... because that is what life is. It is all of those heightened elements combined.
Relocating to BC in 2013 changed her art focus, and she has officially admitted to being an experiential landscape artist. Her pursuits of art and adventure led her to become a backcountry guide as well. You can find her at Baldface Lodge in the winter working as a tail guide, or in the mountains, at the beach, or on her bike exploring and working on the #getoutoftownvibe series.
Jessa grew up in Upstate New York before moving to Vermont to study Art and Art History at the University of Vermont... and to snowboard. She worked primarily as a figurative painter and product developer while also competing nationally in freestyle snowboarding.
She has been commissioned for public murals in addition to collaborating with brands like Salomon Freeski, Baldface Lodge, La Mer, Mica Heli, Lambrecht Surfboards, Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC), Fox Racing, Trek Bicycles, Terry Bicycles, the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF), Arts Whistler, and many more.
Jessa is currently based out of Nelson, British Columbia where she works as an artist and backcountry guide. Here, the union of Art and the outdoors is part of her everyday life. Jessa’s work has been exhibited internationally, notably in New York, California, Montreal, Vermont, Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler.
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Jessa worked with Great Big Story and Courageous Studio in the Summer of 2018 to create a large backcountry painting at the top of Little Ring Mountain, with the help of helicopter pilot Brad Friesen, and then created a mural in Squamish BC to forever encapsulate that moment in a permanent, public, larger than life medium. Watch the documentary from the experience for more on the art practice, a recount of the experience, and some notes upon the process.