Meet portrait, horse and pet, and landscape artist Jessie Rasche

Biography & Statement  |  Memberships | Awards & Publications | Shows & Teaching |  Influences

My portraits of people, horses and pets, and landscape paintings have shown in galleries in South Dakota, Washington, California and Kansas. My paintings and portraits hang in homes from Florida to Washington and every region in between, as well as Canada and Ireland.


Member of the Institute of Equine Artists, the South Dakota Artists Alliance, former member of the American Impressionist Society and the Oil Painters of America


I was born in 1971 in the Pacific Northwest to two entrepreneurial free spirits; an artist and a plumbing contractor. My childhood was rich with singular characters and uniquely creative opportunities. My mom sold her artwork at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, where I ran errands for the artists. When no customers were around they would give me painting and drawing demonstrations. I often went with my dad to project sites, creating sculptures with extra pieces of piping and materials.

I studied Fine Art at the Pacific Northwest College of art in Portland, Oregon in 1989-91. Later I wanted to know more about the human condition and studied Psychology at the University of Oregon. (B.S. in Psychology). I believe learning is one of the great joys of life, and am fascinated with art, science and psychology. Since graduating I have taken many art and science classes and workshops (including a year each of Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the University of Washington, painting workshops, and a graduate level painting class).

At the University of Washington I worked as a medical illustrator and animator, and later worked as a freelance scientific illustrator, and then at Microsoft as a “Media Developer”.

In 2007 my son was born I had the wonderful opportunity to leave Microsoft and develop my painting career. I began showing my work in galleries in Washington and California, and painting every available minute with passion and focus. In 2012 my family moved to South Dakota and I began my mission to capture the beauty of the South Dakota landscape, animals and people.

My style has evolved over the last thirty years into something between impressionism and abstract realism. I want to express the wonderful messiness of the world, and give the viewer an active role in seeing and interpreting.

You can see my work in the South Dakota public collection in Pierre, SD, and in the public collection at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, and at the South Dakota Art Museum shop, SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, KS, and Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.


My figurative and animal paintings are intimate. They convey something personal, but also universal about the subject of the painting, and something important in their life.

I strive to portray the light and color and feeling of a scene, and to let the painting tools play a role in my paintings. I want the paint strokes to have a presence. When viewed from a distance my paintings have a relaxing harmony, but when viewed up close they are energetic and bold. Most importantly, I want to give the viewer the opportunity to add their own interpretation and meaning to my paintings.


3rd Place, Brookings Arts Council 2016 and 2017 for Trio

South Dakota and National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Career Development, 2016-2017

Cover story (page 1 & 2) of the Brookings Register, April 2016

South Dakota Magazine articles

1st Place, Brookings Arts Council 2013

Figure 50, chosen to represent the state of South Dakota, September 2013

Brookings artist featured at BAC, Brookings Register, July 23, 2014

Behind the Paint, Article about a 4 woman show I was in at CHASE Gallery

“[Jessie Rasche’s] impressionist paintings display motherhood, artistry and nature.”

by Annie Szotkowski, The Inlander, May 16, 2012

Interested in Impact, full page story about my Featured Artist show at Second Space Gallery

“[Jessie’s] style is representational and impressionistic and her subjects range from landscapes to figurative to still-life. She likes to illustrate an image or emotion with patterns and gestures, many brush strokes that add up to a finished piece. When you step close to one of her paintings, you can see deliberate strokes of color, and when you step back, the colors blend and become whole, encompassing a viewer with a moment of beauty.”

by Jennifer Larue, The Spokesman-Review, March 25, 2010


Selected Exhibitions

2016-2018        The South Dakota Governor’s Seventh Biennial Exhibition

Show will travel to

  • Dahl Art Center in Rapid City, SD
  • South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, SD
  • John A. Day Gallery at the U of SD in Vermillion, SD
  • Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences in Sioux Falls, SD

2013 – Present                Paintings available at South Dakota Art Museum Gift Shop, Brookings, SD and SouthWind Gallery, Topeka, KS

July – August 2014         Solo Show, Brookings Arts Council, 524 – 4th St, Brookings, SD

Dec. 2013 – Jan. 2014      Invitational Exhibition, Southwind Art Gallery, Topeka, KS

Sept. – Oct. 2013            Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition,
Southwind Art Gallery, Topeka, KS

May – July 2012             CHASE Gallery, Spokane, WA

December 2011               Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

August 2011                   Tinman Art Gallery, Spokane, WA

February 2011                Tinman Art Gallery, Spokane, WA

September 2010                                    Little SpokaneRiver Artists Studio Tour

August 2010                   Second Space Gallery, Spokane, WA

March 2010                   Featured Artist, Second Space Gallery, Spokane, WA

February 2010                Spokane Visual Arts Tour, Spokane, WA

Sept. 2009 Feb. 2008    Invited to Exhibit, Edmonds Art Walk, Edmonds, WA
Sept. & Dec. 2007


People I have studied under: 

Gordon Gilkey, PNCA printmaking teacher and advisor

At PNCA the (now) late print maker Gordon Gilkey was my mentor and was incredibly inspiring, and I adored him and his passion for prints. He had a great collection of prints which I believe he donated to the Portland Art Museum. He let me hold an original Picasso print on one of our adventures perusing his collection. He handed the print to me and at one glance I knew what it was… I remember the sensation of holding something so special.

Kenneth O’Connell, University of Oregon, Animation

LaNell Arndt, OPA critique

Stan Miller, watercolor workshop

Influential Artists (my favorite painters):



How to buy my landscape paintings or a portrait painting:

You can become a collector by emailing or calling me. If you would like to commission a portrait, or a painting of a specific property, or a special idea or size, please contact me.


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