Jesse Powell was born in 1977
in Los Angeles, California. He has lived most of his life on
the California coast, where he has developed a deep attachment
and respect for a rapidly disappearing natural landscape. A third
generation artist, Jesses love for art stemmed at an early
age, mostly from the influence of his father, nationally recognized
artist John Powell. He now resides in Carmel, Ca.
Jesse graduated from the University
of Puget Sound with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in painting
and drawing, and went on to study Russian Impressionism in the
Republic of Georgia under the tutelage of Nicholai Dubovik, Ilya
Yatsenko, and John Wurdeman. His education has continued with
numerous trips to the Scottsdale Artist School to study with
painters such as Matt Smith, George Strickland, and Kenn Backhaus.
Grounded in a traditional approach
of executing studio paintings from numerous outdoor studies,
Jesses work has received numerous awards, and has attracted
the attention of major collectors such as Joan Irvine Smith and
Jean Stern, the Executive Director of the Irvine Museum, which
specializes in historical California Impressionism.
Jesse's paintings have been exhibited
in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including shows at The
Laguna Art Museum, The Pasadena Museum of California History,
The Pasadena Museum of California Art, and The Santa Barbara
Museum of Natural History. He is an artist member of the Oil
Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society and
a Signature Member of the California Art Club and the Laguna
Plein Air Painters Association.