Jessa's paintings and drawings emerge from her experiences in the backcountry exploring ways to blend and merge art and adventure. Her drawings, created outside during her adventures, capture the spirit of that landscape during her time there, while serving as studies for larger scale, full-color paintings. 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.
The artworks are about compassion and 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, and you can find her at Baldface Lodge in the winter. Find her outside, in the mountains, at the beach, or on her bike exploring and working on the #getoutoftownvibe series.
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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 through the sponsorship of brands like Forum, Special Blend, Burton, Gordini, and Drop.
She has been commissioned for public murals, most notably by the Resort Municipality of Whistler, being awarded the 2017 Most Loved Mural in Whistler. She has collaborated 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 Squamish, 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, Vermont, California, Montreal, Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler.
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