"The goal of the artwork is to celebrate wilderness and adventure."

Jessa's paintings and drawings emerge from her experiences in the backcountry, blending the creation process with adventure to capture the spirit of exploration during her time outside. 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 guide, or in the mountains, at the beach, or on her bike exploring and working on the #getoutoftownvibe series.

Jesse Dawson photo : Whistler, BC

Jesse Dawson photo : Whistler, BC


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Anya Chibis Photo : Squamish, BC

Anya Chibis Photo : Squamish, BC

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 Burton Snowboards, Great Big Story, Salomon Freeski, Stance Socks, Marriott Hotels, 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, Nelson District Arts Council, and many more listed here.

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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Photo: Yuri Choufour

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.

"In the Mountains, Covered in Paint" Jessa Gilbert presented at the 2018 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) about her life as an artist and adventure.