Portrait Paintings that Celebrate Baby Bonding Love.
“My mission is to help people celebrate their baby bonding love through beautiful portrait paintings.”
– Jessie Rasche
Why I Paint Mom and Baby Portraits
I have made art for as long as I can remember. I went to art school straight out of high school. As a traditional artist, I painted anything that caught my eye and was not tied to subject matter. My goal as a young painter was to find the intrigue or beauty in anything.
When my son was born, my way of looking at life changed, and so my artistic goals changed.
Our local hospital had a mom and baby group with a couple dozen other moms who had babies the same month. Each mom was having a completely different experience. We each bonded at different rates. We had different struggles and joys.
But all of us were full of new emotions and a sense of a precious and fleeting experience.
I was so lucky, grateful, and blessed to have 6 months to just stay home and bond. That time was amazing. And over in a blink.
By the time my vacation was used up and I went back to work at Microsoft, I wanted desperately to use my artistic skills to do something meaningful in the world – and to spend my time with my son. With the support of my husband, I made the leap shortly after returning to work to being a full-time artist and mom.
I became passionate about using my painting skills to capture and memorialize that early time of love and bonding. I became passionate about reminding collectors of that wonderful time in a way that would bring joy to their daily lives.
I want my collectors to enjoy living with their paintings both because they are beautiful, and because they are reminders of something lovely.
Since taking this leap into full-time portrait painting, I have been featured in a number of publications, on local TV, and have received awards. But most importantly, all of my collectors have reported back that they love their paintings. And when collectors write to me years later telling me that their paintings remain significant in their lives, that is wonderful.
In 2012 we moved to South Dakota, where I paint commissioned portraits of two family members together. My collectors are in South Dakota and Minnesota, and also across the country, in Canada and the UK.
I am a member of the South Dakota Artists Alliance,the Institute of Equine Artists, former member of the American Impressionist Society and the Oil Painters of America
You can see my work in the South Dakota public collection in Pierre, SD, and in the public collection at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, and at the South Dakota Art Museum shop, SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, KS, and Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.
Awards and Publications
KDLT in Sioux Falls, SD, Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, gift guide.
KSFY Holiday Gift Guide, November 3, 2017.
My paintings are referenced at about 4:30 in.
The Hood Magazine, November 2017
3rd Place, Brookings Arts Council 2016 and 2017 for Trio
South Dakota and National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Career Development, 2016-2017
Cover story (page 1 & 2) of the Brookings Register, April 2016
South Dakota Magazine articles
1st Place, Brookings Arts Council 2013
Figure 50, chosen to represent the state of South Dakota, September 2013
Brookings artist featured at BAC, Brookings Register, July 23, 2014
“[Jessie’s] style is representational and impressionistic and her subjects range from landscapes to figurative to still-life. She likes to illustrate an image or emotion with patterns and gestures, many brush strokes that add up to a finished piece. When you step close to one of her paintings, you can see deliberate strokes of color, and when you step back, the colors blend and become whole, encompassing a viewer with a moment of beauty.” – Jennifer Larue, The Spokesman-Review, March 25, 2010
SHOWS AND TEACHING SelectedExhibitions
2016-2018 The South Dakota Governor’s Seventh Biennial Exhibition
Show will travel to
Dahl Art Center in Rapid City, SD
South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, SD
John A. Day Gallery at the U of SD in Vermillion, SD
Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences in Sioux Falls, SD
2013 – Present – Paintings available at South Dakota Art Museum Gift Shop, Brookings, SD and SouthWind Gallery, Topeka, KS
July – August 2014 – Solo Show, Brookings Arts Council, 524 – 4th St, Brookings, SD
Sept. – Oct. 2013 – Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition,
Southwind Art Gallery, Topeka, KS
May – July 2012 – CHASE Gallery, Spokane, WA
December 2011 – Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
August 2011 & February 2011– Tinman Art Gallery, Spokane, WA
September 2010 – Little SpokaneRiver Artists Studio Tour
August 2010 – Second Space Gallery, Spokane, WA
March 2010 – Featured Artist, Second Space Gallery, Spokane, WA
February 2010 – Spokane Visual Arts Tour, Spokane, WA
Sept. 2009, Feb. 2008, Sept. & Dec. 2007– Invited to Exhibit, Edmonds Art Walk, Edmonds, WA
“[Jessie Rasche’s] impressionist paintings display motherhood, artistry and nature.” – Annie Szotkowski, The Inlander, 2012
Collectors have reported back that years after they first received their painting, their children still joyfully point themselves out, and that parents are still filled with joy when they see their painting.