Artist Statement

My work is about how I see and value the landscape that surrounds me. My recent work celebrates nature and advocates for urban green space and green infrastructure. My paintings feature natural aspects of the city landscape and their interplay with the built environment. My process begins by observing, photographing, and sketching my environment. Back at the studio I fuse sensory memory and digital imagery into compositions in oils and mixed media. In my oil paintings I use a painterly realism to evoke a sense of place and to seduce the viewer into seeing the natural beauty (existing and potential) of New York City's landscape. With urban sprawl a likely reality of the future it seems crucial to incorporate greater swaths of nature into the city for greater health and well being. In addition to painting, I collaborate with local organizations such as the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and The Old Stone House to create art events that raise awareness about the local landscape and the environment at large. 


Jessica Dalrymple studied Fine Art at Hamilton College and trained as a painter at The Art Student's League of New York. She has exhibited with many national and regional juried shows and has received numerous awards including the Fenimore Award which granted her a solo exhibit at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY. She is also earning her certificate in horticulture from Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, is a licensed city tree pruner through Trees New York, and is an active member of the Gowanus Swim Society, a Brooklyn based artist collective.



Solo & Two Person Shows

2017   Urbanscapes & Native/Non Native Vignettes, Interchurch Galleries, New York, NY (2 person)

2016   Natural New York; Landscapes, Urbanscapes, & Many Species In Between, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY (solo)

2014   New York State Barn Portraits, Smithy Art Center, Cooperstown, NY; New York Barn Portraits (2 person)

2008  Nature In The City, 350 Bleecker Street Gallery, Bleecker Street, New York, NY (solo)

2010  Gallery 425, Huntington, NY (3 person show)

2008  White Plains Center of The Performing Arts, White Plains, NY (2 person show)

2007  Gallery of Graphic Arts, 1601, York Avenue, New York, NY (solo)

Selected Juried Group Shows

2017   The Four Seasons, Village West Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

2016   Falling In, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2016   Natural/Unnatural, Square Dot Plus Studios, Art Cluster, Brooklyn, NY (Gowanus Swim Society Exhibit)

2015   Quantum Leap, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015   Conversation Pieces, Fenimore Art Museum

2013   Opening Show; Village West Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

2012   Art Show Bedford, St.Matthew’s Annual Exhibit contributing artist since 2005

2010   New Beginnings, Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea, NY, NY

2011   Curate NYC, An online showcase of works from NYC based artists

2010   Eat Art – A Visual Feast, Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea, NY, NY

2009   Theater Town, Gallery At NJIT School of Architecture & Design, Newark, NJ

2009   Hudson Valley Art Association 79th Annual Non-Member Exhibition, Ridgewood, NJ

2009   Salmagundi Annual Non-Member Exhibition, 5th Avenue, NY

2008   The Westinghouse Exhibit, Gallery at NJIT  School of Architect & Design, Newark, NJ

2008   Mamaroneck Artist’s Guild, Larchmont, NY

2007   The Artist’s American Professional League, 79th Nat’l Exhibition, NY, NY

2007   Cooperstown Art Assoc. 72nd Nat’l Juried Exhibition, Cooperstown, NY

2006   The Pen and Brush Inc. 2006 Non-Member Exhibition

2006   Audubon Artists Inc. 64th Juried Exbibition, at the Salmugundi Club

2009   Audubon Artists Inc. 64th Juried Exbibition, at the Salmugundi Club

2005   Ridgefield Guild of Artist’s 28th Annual Juried Show, Ridgefield, CT

2005   New Rochelle’s 90th Annual Open Jury Exhibition , New Rochelle, NY


2015   The Fenimore Award, Art By The Lake, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

2015   Gowanus Arts Initiative Grant; applied for in collaboration with Gowanus Canal Conservancy

2014   Art’s Advocate Award, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Brooklyn, NY

2013   Patron’s Award, Art By The Lake Exhibit, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

2011   Honorable Mention, Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ

2011   2nd Place Oils & Acrylics, Armonk Outdoor Art Exhibit, Armonk, NY

2011   Samuel Gates Landscape Award, Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

2009   1st Prize: Best Interpretation Of The NY Landscape, Fenimore’s Taste of The Sublime

2008   Excellence in Oils & Acrylics, Fenimore Museum’s Taste of The Sublime

2008   Samuel Gates Landscape Award, WSOAE

2008   Award of Distinction, Mamaroneck Artist’s Guild

2006   2nd Prize: Oils & Acrylics, Colorscape Chenago Art Festival

2006   1st Prize: Oils & Acrylics WSOAE

Press Mentions

*Hyperallergic, Colorful & Immersive Expereinces At The 2017 Gowanus Open Studios, by, Elena Goukassin 

*DNA Info, Artists Inspired By The Canal", by, Caroline Spivak 

“Go Gowanus”, Brooklyn Paper by, Sarah Dougan October 2016

“By The River Fumes: Painters Gather to render Gowanus Canal” by Noah Hurwitz, Brooklyn Paper September 2014

“LikeKnowsLike” blog, featured artist photographed & written by Keturah Davis Jyy 2014

“Art for Food Lovers” by, Charlotte Druckman, New York Times December 2010

“Jersey City Studio Tour 2011”, by Greg Brickly, The Jersey Journal September 2011

“Pictures At An Exhibition” by Even Marx, The Record Review January 2010

“The Beauty of Decay, Two Exhibits Find Art In The City’s Relics”, John Zeaman, Newark Star Ledger October 2010

“Painting En Plein Air”, The Daily Freeman September 2006

“New Artist’s At Colorscape”,The Evening Sun September 2005


“The Barns Of New York, Rural Architecture of the Empire State”, by, Cynthia G. Falk, Cornell University, 04/12 

Jessica’s painting Bank Barn was included in Cynthia’s book.


Adjunct Professor of Studio Art & Drawing, NJIT; College of Art & Design, 2009- 2011  

Guest Lecturer & Instructor; Drawing In Reference To The Human Figure Guest Lecturer, NJIT; College Of Architecture & Art & Design, 2008-2015

Instructor; Reimagining The Gowanus Landscape; collage workshop at ArtLab Gowanus 2016 

Meditative Painting Retreat, co-creator and instructor Downsville, NY, 2009-Present

The Village Artist, Workshop Painting Instructor, Long Island, NY, 2010 

Private Lessons, Painting & Drawing Instruction for adults, teens & children, 2009 - Present

Education & Residencies

2017 Soaring Gardens Residency, Ora Lerman Trust , Laceyville, PA

2015 Brooklyn Art Space Residency, resident for 6 months with Christina Kelly as residency advisor, 2015

2002 The Art Student’s League of New York with Gregg Kreutz & Michael Burban, 2003 -2095

2003 Figure Drawing Workshops & Tutorials from Sherrie McGraw, Gregg Kreutz, & Michael Burban, 2007-present 

2003 Landscape Workshops with John Osbourne, Joseph Pellar, and Scott Christenson, 2004- 2005

2000 The Corcoran School of Art, studied with Annette Polan, 2003

Lorenzo De Medici, Florence, Italy, studied figure painting 1993

Hamilton College, Graduated Cum Laude with honors in Fine Art, BA 1994


2017 - Present      Gowanus Swim Society Artist Collective

2013 - Present      Gowanus Canal Conservancy

2013 - Present      Trees NYC – licensed citizen pruner

2008 - Present  Embankment Coalition, Jersey City, NJ

2010 - Present      Oil Painters Of America

2002 - Present      United Scenic Artists Local 829 IATSE