Jessica has always enjoyed nature as subject matter. Growing up with a father in a forestry career, she and her siblings remember many outings in the lush, shady Allegheny forests of Pennsylvania, and some years later exploring the rivers and lakeshore sand dunes of the lower peninsula of Michigan. These rural areas found their way into her heart. Her trip to Yellowstone and South Dakota when she was a teenager left her dreaming of one day living under huge Western skies. After college she packed up all her belongings, stuffed her little car full and headed to Montana.

   The Rockies have provided an endless source of subjects she has come to love--ghost towns, lonely forgotten pioneer cabins, pow wows, vast glacial landscapes, the patterns and textures of untamed nature. She and her husband are passionate about the West and the outdoor recreation opportunities in their neck of the woods. They seek out the culture and history of Montana. Jessica always has an eye out for old farm buildings and rusting vintage vehicles, beautiful in their patina. Finding these historic functional objects, with obvious love and aesthetic built into their design, are what sparks her inspiration. It's these "gems" she wishes to bring back to the modern world's consciousness.
    Jessica spends long hours on her paintings, rendering fine details and keeping a constant awareness of values and depth. She works primarily from photos, with Winsor & Newton watercolors on 300 lb or 140 lb Arches Cold Press Watercolor paper. A perpetual student of her craft, she studies the work of other well-known watercolor artists and partakes in workshops. She has been entering juried shows recently and has gained some awards and notoriety. She lives with her husband, cat and dog in Columbia Falls, Montana, where her home studio is located. As a volunteer at a local, free medical clinic and holding a Board position with the Montana Watercolor Society, Jessica enjoys giving back to the community. She enjoys traveling, cooking Indian and Thai food, baking pies, gardening, fly-fishing, and her favorite activity besides painting, is backpacking into remote wilderness to a crystal clear mountain lake, catching trout for dinner, and falling asleep to the wind in the pines.

Ant Flat Barn. © 2013. Watercolor

Jessica remembers standing at her easel at around five years old, attempting to paint landscapes like Bob Ross, whose TV show she was enthralled with. While she wasn't exactly successful immediately, she continued to develop her talent through grade school and high school. Drawing was her preferred medium then, but she also found creative outlet dabbling in clay, fabric, acrylic and colored pencil.
   Knowing a career in art was definite, Jessica attended Kendall College of Art and Design. She majored in illustration, with a focus on children's books. A few of her professors--talented professional watercolor artists--turned her on to watercolor. Though she learned to use oils, she was completely smitten with the clean ease of watercolor and quickly found that her love of detail and texture were achieved beautifully with the versatile medium.