Passionate about nature and wilderness, Jessica Bryant is frequently found in the less traveled areas of our National Parks and other wilderness areas. Most of her work centers on her attraction to the natural world that exists apart from the human activity, as both analogy and counterpoint to the struggle and joy of humanity and modern life. A keen interest in contemporary design underlies a seemingly traditional subject.
In 2018, Jessica was the 2018 Artist-in-Residence for the Idaho Conservation League, and she has served eight terms as Artist-in-Residence for the National Park Service. Parks served include Badlands National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Western Arctic National Parklands. Jessica has also visited the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Area in southwest Idaho as Artist-in-Residence for the Bureau of Land Management and completed two residencies for Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities in Coeur d’Alene, focusing on a local natural area, Tubbs Hill.
Jessica’s work has been in numberous national and international exhibits, including the Flora of the National Parks exhibit at the United States Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC, Google Cultural Institute’s One Object project celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service, and the National Parks Artists in Residence Across the Country exhibition in Cape Cod. Recent exhibit highlights include the 146th and 153rd Annual International Exhibitions of the American Watercolor Society in New York City, and the 77th, 78th, and 80th Annual International Exhibitions of the Northwest Watercolor Society, of which she is a signature member.