About Contemporary Impressionist Artist Jessie Rasche

I love painting. I enjoy both the process of really learning to see the world, as well as the process of painting. There is little more satisfying than taking a blank canvas and bringing an image to life.

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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.

Press Coverage and Information for Publications

Press Kit PDF

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, the UK, and the Isle of Man.

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

south dakota landscape paintings

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.

Teaching

I teach a really fun ongoing oil painting workshop for beginning to advanced artists, helping artists achieve their own goals. And I teach occasional workshops out of my studio, or in other locations by invitation.

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.

Public Collections

“Social Hour I” donated 2020. Johnson Fine Art Center’s collection for public display, NSU, Aberdeen, SD

“Winter” “Spring” “Summer” and “Fall” acquired 2018. Sanford Memorial Garden, Sioux Falls, SD

“Space” and “Sheep Farm” acquired 2017. Edith Sanford Breast Center, Sioux Falls, SD

“My Wild Heart” acquired 2016. South Dakota state public collection, Pierre, SD

Awards

  • Feb 2021 Daily Paintworks international competition, 2nd place
  • Oct 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition, part of the jury’s favorite 15% of the entries
  • Jun 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition, part of the jury’s favorite 15% of the entries
  • Feb 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition, part of the jury’s favorite 15% of the entries
  • 2018 South Dakota Governor’s 8th Biennial Art Exhibition, jury accepted
  • November 6, 2018 South Dakota Art Museum, invited to exhibit
  • 2018 Brookings Arts Council, 3rd place
  • 2016-2017 South Dakota and National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Career Development
  • 2013 Brookings Arts Council, 1st place
  • 2013 Oil Painters of America, jury accepted

Memberships

American Impressionist Society
Oil Painters of America
South Dakota Artists Alliance
Art NXT Level

Selected Education

Qiang Huang, painting workshop, 21
Colley Whisson, impressionist painting class 18-19
Anna Youngers, portrait drawing workshop 17
Stan Miller, watercolor workshop, 12
University of Oregon, B.S. Psychology 97
Pacific Northwest College of Art 89-91

Publications & Press

Selected Publication Titles

“Work of Brookings Artist Featured in NSU Exhibit” The Brookings Register, page 7, December 9th, 2019

“Jessie Rasche’s Healing Art.” South Dakota Magazine, fall 2018

“Carrier” and “abstract” Oakwood Literary Magazine, published two paintings, 2018

“Painter, Teacher, Mentor” The Brookings Register, page 1, April 18, 2016

“Main Street Grain Elevator” painting used as art section opener, South Dakota Magazine, 2015

“Behind the Paint,” Pacific Northwest Inlander, article about a group exhibition, May 16, 2012

 “Interested in Impact,” Spokesman Review, article about my exhibition, 2010

Selected Quotes About My Artwork

 “She likes to illustrate an image or emotion with patterns and gestures, many brush strokes that add up to a finished piece,” writes Jennifer Larue, Arts Reporter for the Spokesman Review. “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 the viewer with a moment of beauty.”

 “There is a somewhat Romantic or nostalgic quality to [Rasche’s painting],” writes Greg Blair, PhD, BAC 2018 juror of awards & former Northern Galleries Director “but it is not overly idealized or accentuated to the point of artifice or disbelief. Instead the landscape is rendered as endearing in its straight forward candor and naturalness.” 

 “I love painting the affection animals have for each other”, said Jessie.  “Right outside town there are cows and horses and birds. Every time I see these animals, it makes me happy. I try to capture that joy in my art, so that my paintings will bring others happiness as well.”

“For me, your art tells a little story” says Manya, co-owner of Maje Gallery. “Each painting is like a little story poem that sets my mind dreaming about the details surrounding the piece. I also love how you celebrate farm life, with miles between homes and vast spaces being used for farming or ranching. It reminds us city dwellers (although I hail from farm life myself) that things are very different in the rural parts of our country, with their own beauty.”

 “Jessie Rasche is a talented emerging artist with vigorous raw energy.” wrote James Hill, owner of Second Space Gallery, Spokane WA

Interview

Ashley Ragsdale, the Director of the Brookings Arts Council, interviewed me November 25th, 2019, for the Community Conversation video-cast. Check out all the Community Conversations on the Brookings Arts Council page.

Mentors

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.