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. His influences include many of todays living artists, such as Matt Smith, Clyde Aspevig, and John Cosby, along with many California and american impressionists. 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.