21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2016 | Jessica Gilbert


Jessica GIlbert, At Ease, oil, 24 x 24.

Jessica GIlbert, At Ease, oil, 24 x 24.

Art Education: Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Denver.

Style: I label my art as western art. I focus on details within the horse and rider, creating soft and subtle movements. Light is an important concept in my work. My color palette is soft and timeless. My art is a byproduct of my vision of the western lifestyle.

Creative Spark: I’m inspired by western culture, the cowboy lifestyle, and the landscapes of the Southwest. I grew up riding horses and moving cattle on a ranch in the high country of Colorado. This subject matter has been a huge influence in my work, consistently sparking creativity.

Other Passions: Growing up in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, I spent most of my time outside. Ever since I can remember I’ve been on a horse, and ever since I could stand up I’ve been on skis. Hiking is just another way I spend my time exploring the mountains. Traveling has also been a big part of my life.

Best Advice Received: I am repeatedly reminded to never stop painting, creating, learning, and experimenting.

Mantra or Motto: Drive on.

Favorite Studio Music: My studio music depends on the day. It could be anything from Frank Sinatra to Biggie Smalls, Billie Holiday, or Amy Winehouse. When music isn’t working for me, I love a good podcast.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: BURNT OUT FIRES by Lucy Kemp-Welch.

Future Goals: My goal is to be a professional fine artist represented in art galleries around the country.


Featured in the September 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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