Jessie Maisonneuve was a resident of Alert Bay where the ocean mist and thickly carpeted island inspired her lifelong passion to paint. Cormorant Island was a fishing centre that provided boats and ocean scenes for her paintings.
In the early 70’s, Jessie journeyed inland to the vastly different south Cariboo and its expanses of golden grasslands and mixed lodge pole pine, fir forest, derelict buildings, rambling fences, horses and cowboys started to appear in her art work.
From paintings, Jessie expanded to woodworking, mosaic tiles, wood pens and acrylic pens, and wood burnings. She was an active member of the Clinton Art and Cultural Society and helped facilitate art events in the area.
Her most recent move to Barriere has influenced and shaped her present art and style once again. Jessie is active as a member of the Yellowhead Artist’s Group and helps with the art at the North Thompson Fall Fair.
Jessie will be the featured artist during March at the Armour Mountain Art Gallery, and will be on hand for a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, March 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the Gallery.