About the Artist
Jaime Jessup was born in “the heart of the Ottawa Valley” — Pembroke, Ontario — in 1988 and spent the majority of her life in “the city of the lakes” – Sudbury, Ontario.
In Sudbury, she began painting with her grandmother in the medium of watercolour, and eventually enrolled in painting classes with Sudbury’s award-winning artist, Susan Lampinen. Her talent was recognized by her teachers in elementary school who awarded her with the “Visual Arts Award” upon graduation. In her teens she spent her summers on the North Channel of Lake Huron developing her skills in landscape painting at the LaCloche Country Art School with instructor/artist Richard Edwards. In High School she stood out from her classmates having multiple pieces of her work accepted into “The Emergence” exhibition held annually at the Sudbury Art Gallery.
Recognizing her passion for art, Jaime enrolled in the visual arts program at the University of Ottawa, graduating in 2010 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a Specialization in Visual Arts and a Minor in Women’s Studies. She has displayed her artwork in the Bon Echo Art Exhibition & Sale in Cloyne, Ontario as well as the Lacloche Art Show in Whitefish Falls, Ontario. Currently, Jaime lives and works in Sudbury, Ontario.
At this moment, Jaime focuses mainly on portraiture and Canadian landscape painting in both acrylic and watercolour. She bases her paintings on photographs taken by herself or her clients, which celebrate special moments and special places from the past and present. She is working on commissioned paintings along with a new series dedicated to the memory of and the peculiar beauty of old, decrepit, and abandoned buildings found travelling across Ontario.