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Jessa Gilbert

Jessa’s artworks celebrate wilderness and adventure by capturing the joy and curiosity from her experiences in the backcountry. Each of her artworks are created using one single, continuous line to further illustrate the connection between all parts of the composition, history, and story.

Her drawings capture the spirit of exploration, adventure, landscape, and the passing of time. These artworks contemplate how we move through terrain and interact with nature and community, exhibiting a serpentine line quality that encourages the viewer to wander their gaze around the artwork. Her paintings explore the beauty and the mystery of wilderness through bold colour combinations and expressive line work.

Being mobile and transportable is a large part of Jessa’s art process, as she brings her studio along on these adventures to authentically capture the tones of her experiences. In addition to creating artwork, she curates outdoor experiences for others as a backcountry guide in the heart of British Columbia. She relocated to BC in 2013 and has since been dedicated to exploration and creation that celebrates the tones of travel no matter where you are. You will find her in the mountains, at the beach, or on her bike exploring and working on the #getoutoftownvibe series.

Jessa grew up in Upstate New York before moving to Vermont to study Art and Art History at the University of Vermont… and to snowboard. Jessa is currently based out of Revelstoke, British Columbia where she balances her art practice with her work as a backcountry guide. She has been commissioned for public murals, most recently by Rino Arts District of Denver, Trail BC Chamber, the Nelson District Arts Council and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. She has spoken about her work at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, collaborated with brands like Burton Snowboards, Leatherman, Great Big Story, J Skis, Stance Socks, Baldface Lodge Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Salomon Freeski, Trek Bicycles, and many more. Jessa’s artwork and murals have been exhibited internationally, notably in New York, Colorado, Washington, California, Montreal, Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler.

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Squamish Arts acknowledges that the land on which we live, work and recreate is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, particularly the territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation. It is our responsibility to honour their ancestry by being an ally to the present.