Jessica Dalrymple studied Fine Art at Hamilton College and trained as a painter at The Art Student’s League of New York. She has exhibited with many national and regional juried shows and has received numerous awards including the Fenimore Award which granted her a solo exhibit at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY. She created and leads a Meditative Painting Retreat in the Catskills and is a co-creator of ArtLab Gowanus, a pop up structure that hosts artist lead workshops focused on the Gowanus landscape. She is also earning her certificate in horticulture from Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, is a licensed city tree pruner through Trees New York, and is an active member of the Gowanus Swim Society, a Brooklyn based artist collective. My work is about how I see and value the landscape that surrounds me. My recent work celebrates nature and advocates for urban green space and green infrastructure. My paintings feature natural aspects of the city landscape and their interplay with the built environment. My process begins by observing, photographing, and sketching my environment. Back at the studio I fuse sensory memory and digital imagery into compositions in oils and mixed media. In my oil paintings I use a painterly realism to evoke a sense of place and to seduce the viewer into seeing the natural beauty (existing and potential) of New York City’s landscape. With urban sprawl a likely reality of the future it seems crucial to incorporate greater swaths of nature into the built environment for greater health and well being of the community. In addition to painting, I collaborate with local organizations such as the Gowanus Canal Conservancy to create art events that raise awareness about the local landscape and the environment at large.
- Nicole Marie Hummel
- Belle Rousse