Jessie with “Space”, oil, 24x60 in, in the public collection of the Edith Sanford Breast Center
Jessie with “Space”, oil, 24x60 in, in the public collection of the Edith Sanford Breast Center

How did you develop your unique style?
Jessie Rasche: I’m teaching a workshop right now on how to find and develop your authentic artistic voice, so I’ve been thinking about this a lot! Finding your true and authentic style can be done through intentional or guided self-reflection on at least a couple elements of style (subject matter, composition, color, drawing style, paint handling, etc.).
Personally, I paint life. I love animals and people and nature and feel a spiritual connection to them. So, I honor them through my work. My style is very gestural. I love gestural lines in my work and set out to include them in each painting.

How did you get started and then develop your career?
Jessie Rasche: I have a history with life drawing (drawing the nude model), which, for me, is a celebration of beautiful gestural lines. I was part of a small life drawing group while I was in high school, before going to art school, and it got into my bones. 35 years later I still love life drawing. Life drawing regularly keeps me in touch with the gestural drawing marks, which I think improves my paintings.
Besides subject matter and mark-making, color is very important to me. My work has a rich, deep, harmonious color. I love learning how different color theories work together, and the physics of how colors work.

  • If you mix a violet-blue and a violet-red together, you get vibrant violet.
  • If you mix a green-blue and an orange-red together, you get muted violet.
  • If you mix orange and violet together, you get a beautiful, muted red. RED!

To see more of Jessie’s work, visit:

oil painting of cloudscape with landscape below; sun reflecting in clouds
Jessie Rasche, Dinner and a Show, oil, 30 x 24 in; Exhibited in the OPA National, in private collection
oil painting of bird's eye view of duck swimming in water
Jessie Rasche, Duck in Water, oil, 24 x 30 in; 2024, available through artist


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