The special baby bonding moments and the moments of joy between moms and young children are powerful, wonderful, and fleeting. My mission is to capture this time in a beautiful portrait painting that will brighten your home and bring you joy on an ongoing basis.
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 started painting commissioned portraits of moms and babies across the country.
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.
SHOWS AND TEACHING
“[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.