Jessica lives and works as a freelance artist in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society. Recent awards include the Coeur d’Alene Mayor’s Award for Arts in Education, winning a national competition among former artists-in-residence for the Bureau of Land Management, publication in the North Light Books series Splash 17: Inspiring Subjects, and selection as a finalist in the Artists Magazine's Annual Art Competition. Jessica has exhibited nationally, including: the Flora of the National Parks exhibit at the United States Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC; Google Cultural Institute's "One Object" project celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service; National Parks Artists in Residence Across the Country; the Northwest Watercolor Society's Annual International Exhibition; and the American Watercolor Society's Annual International Exhibition. For the latter, Jessica's work was displayed in the historic Salmagundi Art Club in New York, NY.
Passionate about nature, wilderness, and our national parks, Jessica has served nine terms as an Artist-in-Residence for the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Four of these were at Badlands National Park for a total of twenty five weeks, culminating in a solo exhibition at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, SD. She has also been Artist-in-Residence at Rocky Mountain National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Western Arctic National Parklands, a grouping of three remote NPS units located north of the Arctic Circle and void of any roads. Jessica journeyed into the back country by float- and bush-plane to explore on foot. She has also served two terms as AiR for Sorensen Magnet School in Coeur d'Alene, ID and was the 2018 Idaho Conservation League Artist-in-Residence.
Wilderness interests are a theme through her life and work. Jessica is a current board member of the Tubbs Hill Foundation, an organization charged with the responsibility of protecting Tubbs Hill, a 120-acre park nestled between downtown and Lake Coeur d'Alene. In addition to completing a plethora of paintings depicting this gem, she has worked to engage local youth in the interests of the Foundation though guided drawing classes and the creation of an educational activity booklet, the Junior Friends of Tubbs Hill Activity Guide. A small patch of nature existing in an urban setting, this park provides an excellent opportunity to promote stewardship of wilderness. Jessica is frequently found in the less traveled areas of our National Parks and other wilderness areas. Most of her work centers on her attraction to the natural world that exists apart from human activity.
Jessica paints and teaches workshops and classes out of Redbrick Art Studio in downtown Coeur d'Alene, ID. She is also the director of the Fine Arts League at Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities.