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Photo taken by, Keturah Davis

Jessica Dalrymple studied Fine Art at Hamilton College and received training at The Art Student’s League. She also trained with internationally known artists in the field, notably; Gregg Kreutz, Sherrie McGraw, and Scott Christenson. She exhibits with many national and regional juried shows, has received numerous awards, leads an annual “Meditative Plein Air Retreat” in the Catskills, and maintains a studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Her work focuses on depicting the unique way in which she sees and values her environments. Her recent work focuses on the theme of “Nature In The City”. She’s been inspired by the increase of trees, parks, and plantings in NYC in recent years and the vision of an urban environment teeming with natural elements. She’s compelled by contrasts and patterns created by nature in the city setting; soft leafy greens against solid geometric forms; living breathing, growing, and changing textures against static surfaces. She’s  interested in these overlaps of organic with concrete and seeks to capture the life force that can coexist with and surge through the urban environment.

Relatedly, she is an active member of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy ,the Embankment Coalition, and a “friend” of the High Line  since 2002She is also a licensed citizen pruner of city street trees through Trees NYC and is earning a certificate in Horticulture through the Brooklyn Botantical Garden.


“With the understanding that focussing one’s attention has the ability to enliven that subject, I value observing, sketching, and shooting directly from the life. I bring all of this information (in the form of digital imagery, sketches, & plein air paintings) back to my studio where I synthesize it into my own pictorial vision”.

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