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J. Jirsa -
Jessica Joy Jirsa received her Bachelor of Science in Art Education from New York University in 1999. She discovered the wonder of painting outside while living in South Dakota. She became an active member of the Plein Air Association of South Dakota in 2004, painting and showing her work across the state. Her paintings have been part of countless shows and private collections across SD and the Midwest. This includes exhibitions at the Washington Pavilion, Brookings Art Council, and the Museum of Visual Materials, as well as being a featured artist in Sioux Falls Women Magazine in 2008.
In 2010, Jirsa made a new home in Oakland, CA, and continues her pursuit to capture the beauty of the surrounding environment in plein air and working primarily with oil paint on canvas. Jessica breaks from traditional plein air painting of natural light and colors with her more vivid and wild color palette that makes for paintings that jump off walls. Obsessed with color’s power to demand attention and provoke emotions, Jirsa makes familiar Bay Area scenes pulse with life.