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Jesse Powell was born in 1977 in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in painting and drawing, and went on to study Russian Impressionism in the Republic of Georgia. Jesse’s work has received numerous awards, including second place in the 2013 Plein Air Salon, and in July 2014 Jesse became the first living artist to have a painting acquired for the permanent collection of the Irvine Museum. Jesse's paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including shows at The Fischer Museum at USC, The Laguna Art Museum, The Pasadena Museum of California History, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, and The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
G Russell Case
Western painter G. Russell Case is inspired by nature, but he places little value on literal translations. His sweeping, idealized versions of the western landscape are compositions that combine the beauty of the natural world with the rich imagination and originality of an artist's mind. While there is an unmistakable honesty present in his painted environments -- stemming from his engagement with the land painted directly from nature -- viewers may be reminded of other great artists of the west, whose work is marked by distinctive artistic philosophies. Case's work is unfettered by philosophy and intellect, though he is surely a student of his artistic forebears. The monumental scale of Maynard Dixon, or the unfiltered color and light of Thomas Moran both find their way into his visual language. Yet Case's work is simple, pure, and fresh; his painting draws in the viewer and delivers timeless landscapes. We are immediately transported into a world created by shadow and light, of immense vistas punctuated by jagged mountains and inhabited by lonesome cowboys.
At age 16 Kyle Sims knew his purpose. From a very young age, he recalls having the urge to create. Without prompt, be began drawing the world around him.
“To share our experiences is a core human need,” Sims said. “I wanted to share my experiences of being with animals and nature through painting. It became an obsession and has never left me.”
Sims carried his fascination with the natural world into art, following his instincts to create. Born in 1980 and raised near Cheyenne, Wyoming, Sims began drawing. His parents recognized and nurtured his talent, and throughout school he learned the fundamentals and principles of art.
Sims, though, took a direction that was uniquely his, influenced by the wildlife surrounding him. At age 16, he began to heavily study the works of those who painted wildlife in a realistic manner and in the medium of acrylics.
Thorough study, Sims learned the importance of painting from life. Painting in the field altered the way he saw his subjects, training his eye and his paintbrush to portray subjects in an authentic setting. Sims recalls his time using acrylics as being a great way to continue his improvement with drawing and layering with paint because they dry very quickly, making the layering process more efficient.
After high school, Sims attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, where he spent much of his time in the Beartooth Mountains. He truly feels that getting outside is paramount and is half or more of the enjoyment of being a wildlife artist.
Every year, Sims’s art evolves through practice and study. This isn’t something forced, but rather a product of time and passion, a talent nurtured from the curiosities of his youngest self.