Landscapes full of life

Paintings celebrating the land, farms, and animals of South Dakota. Farm paintings painted en plein air and in the studio.

Why I Paint South Dakota Landscapes
My farm paintings are based on the farms close to home. Our home in South Dakota is surrounded by beautiful farmland and prairie land, and I am often inspired by the cow farm to the West of us or the grain farm to the East. And when I have a certain theme for a landscape painting in mind, I sometimes drive hours from home to capture just the right source photo of a group of cows or beautiful farms and silos.

Jessie, working on Sun on Feathers

About the Artist
Hi, I’m Jessie. I love animals. We have 2 dogs at home, both full of character. And the birds, cows and horses all around us bring me a lot of joy. When collectors have told me that my paintings bring that sort of joy and sweet feelings to their walls, I consider that the highest praise.

I am most passionate about painting the connection between animals and the land, and between people and the land. Because of this, often in my paintings, the animals subtly blend into the land or each other. This is one of the ways I explore our interconnections.

One of the visual elements that I explore with my artwork is the depth and diversity of color of the farmland. How the grasses can have patches of blue grass, bright green grasses, and sometimes beautiful amber or orange. I use these layers of color to show the depth of the land here in South Dakota.

bird paintings

I have wonderful collectors across America, Canada, and over in the UK, and have the honor of having substantial paintings in several public collections. Learn more.

Here’s Otter, one of my sweet studio assistants.

I am blown away by this painting and we will treasure it forever. Thank you so very much for this.
~Teah (Wisconsin) 

About These Paintings
I paint with artist grade oil paint on quality canvas or panel, as noted.

Collector photo of 3 of my paintings in her beautiful home office.

As soon as a collector purchases a painting, I carefully wrap it and ship it out with tracking and insurance.

Paintings ship ready to hang, either with museum-depth wrapped canvas or in a frame, as noted on the painting’s pages. Click the painting images for more information and details about each painting.

Just a quick note to say the painting arrived safely – definitely the best packing job I have ever seen.  The painting is fabulous, even better than expected.  Thanks so much for sending it off so quickly and safely. 

Want a painting of Your favorite birds? Or a painting that perfectly fits your home?
Just let me know! Commissions are available.

Did you find paintings for sale that you love, and want to see how they fit into your home? No problem. Just contact me and I’ll photoshop the painting into your living space. If you’re local, an in-home viewing (with social distancing) is also an option. Both of those are complementary services to help you shop with confidence.

Studio photo, working on Small Island

Customer Service
From individual customer service to a quick and careful packaging and shipping, I’ve set up this site and the collecting experience so that each collector has a great experience and can shop with confidence.

If you’d like to view a painting in your home, or if you have any questions, just let me know.

We got the painting! And we LOVE IT! It’s wonderful. Thank you so much.
– Inder (California)

How to Shop for Paintings
Just click on an image to see more about a painting, or to purchase or inquire about that painting.

Paintings with red dots are sold. Paintings without prices showing are in exhibition. Contact me for more info on any of them.

Jessie, I just got the painting and it is beautiful…. I love it. The best Christmas Eve in a very long time. Thank you and Merry Christmas!


Exhibition at Johnson Fine Art Center at NSU, Aberdeen, SD

More About the Artist
“Jessie is an American Artist, based in South Dakota. She specializes in oil portraits of children and landscape paintings filled with animals. Her brushy, painterly style expresses a love of the material as well as the subject matter, and is inspired by Contemporary Realists as well as the Impressionist and Classical movements of the past.”

The paintings in the top photo are part of my Infinite Landscape exhibition, which has shown at Johnson Fine Art Center at Northern State University, and then at the Bates Trimble Gallery at Washington Pavilion. I am currently in the process of finding the next location for this exhibition to travel to. If you are a museum curator who would like to exhibit this group of works, contact me.

The exhibition contains 38 paintings, which can be added to or subtracted from to best fit the exhibition space.

Mixing color

For Interior Designers
In addition to showing my work through my studio (on this website), and in galleries in the Midwest and West Coast (and soon on the East Coast), and the traveling exhibition showing at Art Centers – I also like to work with Interior Designers. If you are an interior designer and would like more information about the benefits of working with me, let me know.