Jesse Greenwood was born and raised in the Eastern Sierra, discovering his artistic passion amongst those wide open lands of sage, pine and granite. As he pursued his interest in art making during his formative years, he felt the pull toward higher education in the arts. He graduated with a B.F.A.. from Los Angeles’ Biola University in 2012, having concentrated in painting and illustration and studied art history both locally in California and abroad in London.
As he has refined his painting interest in more recent years, Greenwood has found himself particularly interested in representing the wide open landscapes of his youth, traveling extensively to create plein air studies on location, from the arid heat of the Mojave to the rugged alpine of Montana. He maintains his studio practice of both developing studies into finished works and illustrating for editorial purposes in his home studio in Bozeman.
Greenwood finds himself increasingly drawn to portraying the “feeling”, or sense of place, of specific locations through accurate yet intuitive use of color. He firmly believes that capturing the authenticity of such a sense of place in paint is accomplished through putting his thoughts down on canvas through the language of color relationship, and that this essential truth is what gives him his voice as an artist in these modern times.
2018: Individual study and mentorship under painter Eric Merrell
2018: Featured illustrator: “Legacy of the Land”, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, MT
2017: Group exhibition: Ecce Fine Art, Bozeman, MT
2016: Group exhibition: Ecce Fine Art, Bozeman, MT
2015-present: Featured illustrator, “Collector’s Notebook”, Western Art & Architecture
2014: Featured illustrator: “Home Waters”, Big Sky Journal
2013: Solo exhibition: Riverside Studios Gallery, Truckee, CA
2012: Arcadia, group exhibition: The Earl & Virginia Green Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Awards and Decorations:
2014: Moonshine Ink Regional Art Contest, Grand Prize, Lake Tahoe, CA
2012: Exclusive participation in architectural design charette with JLF Architects and the Ahmanson Foundation, Anza Borrego, CA
2011-2012: Biola Art Department Scholarship, Los Angeles
Chris & Jackie Pavelko, San Diego, CA
Dave & Debbie Becker, Poway, CA
Joel & Angi Hasemeyer, Los Angeles, CA
Jeremy & Megan Hubin, Orange, CA
Vince & Laurie Eccleston, Bakersfield, CA
Steve & Cynthia Mader, Park City, UT
The Muir Family, Bozeman, MT
Jen Trahan, New York, NY