Artist Story: Jessie Rasche

I capture the spirit of places and animals of rural America using strong brush strokes, to bring viewers happy memories of home.


Short Bio

Jessie is an American Artist painting the landscapes, animals, and people of South Dakota and the greater Midwest, and teaching an ongoing online painting workshop.

She has shown in galleries and art centers in Washington, California, Minneapolis, Kansas, Delaware, Illinois, and South Dakota, has work in 4 public collections, and has wonderful collectors in over 30 states, Canada, and the UK.

Active member of Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society.


  • Member of the American Impressionist Society
  • Member of South Dakota Artists Alliance
  • Member of Art NXT Level
  • Former member of the Oil Painters of America
  • Former member of the Institute of Equine Artists

Artist Statement

Paintings are my way of describing the connection we have with the land and animals around us. In this series I explore small lovely living things close to home that bring me joy every day. I hope they will resonate with viewers, giving viewers a feeling of joyous connection. I believe that sense of connection is part of what makes life feel meaningful.

Artist Story  

Jessie Rasche grew up in Seattle, WA. She spent much of her childhood in her mom’s community of artists, watching their art-making techniques. This early experience gave her an admiration for artistic skill and a love for creating art.

Rasche studied Fine Art at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and later earned a bachelors’ degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon, after which she continued taking art classes with master painters.

Eight years ago Jessie moved to Brookings SD with her family, and began focusing her work on groups of animals in wide-open landscapes, which reflect her love for the beautiful land around her and her spiritual interest in the connection between living things.

“I want my work to capture the sweet and simple connection between animals, and to share that with the people who see my art. I hope it will bring people that soothing feeling that comes from being in this landscape, close to these animals” says Jessie.

Rasche is an internationally collected painter with artwork in several public collections. Her works have been published in South Dakota Magazine, Oakwood Literary Magazine, and many other magazines and newspapers.


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How to Become a Collector

If you love a painting listed on this site, you can purchase it through the gallery listed on that painting’s page – or by clicking the Add to Cart button.  If you would like to commission a portrait or other painting, just email, call or text me and we can talk about your project.

Feel free to contact me with questions or comments.


Public Collections

South Dakota has purchased Jessie’s work for the public collection in Pierre, and Sanford hospital has purchased her work for the Edith Sanford Breast Center and the Memorial Garden in Sioux Falls, SD. She is represented by the South Dakota Art Museum shop, SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, KS, and Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.


Pacific Northwest College of Art, 1989-91
University of Oregon, B.S. Psychology, 1997

More fine art, multimedia and science classes and workshops than I can count.



I teach occasional workshops out of my studio, or in other locations by invitation. Sign up for the newsletter to be notified about workshops.


People I have studied under

Gordon Gilkey, PNCA (art school) teacher, and advisor, 1989-91

At PNCA the (now) late printmaker Gordon Gilkey was my mentor and was incredibly inspiring, and I adored him and his passion for prints. He had a great collection of prints which I believe he donated to the Portland Art Museum. He let me hold an original Picasso print on one of our adventures perusing his collection. He handed the print to me and at one glance I knew what it was… I remember the sensation of holding something so special.

Kenneth O’Connell, University of Oregon, Animation teacher and advisor, 1999-2000

Ken taught me about animation, but most importantly told me to work at my art every day.

Stan Miller, watercolor workshop, 2012

Stan Miller is an amazing watercolor artist. He taught us about the difference between composition for selling artwork and composition for competitions. And he taught great techniques for getting good values and handling the medium.

LaNell Arndt, OPA critique

Anna Youngers, portrait drawing workshop, 2017

Anna Youngers charcoal portrait drawing workshop focused on accurate drawing and values. She allowed us to really slow down and spend 3 sessions on the same drawing, which I found very liberating.

Colley Whisson, impressionist painting class, 2018-9



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