Jess Kilgore is a painter and retired architect. Since his childhood on a New Jersey farm where he roamed the fields and meadows chasing butterflies, Jess has loved sketching and painting nature. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Graduate School of Design and worked as an architect in Cambridge, Massachusetts before moving to Vermont.
Through painting in oil and pastel drawing Jess likes to explore the underlying patterns he finds in nature and express the order, mystery and joy they give. He finds the Vermont landscape a rich source of inspiration.
His influences, among others, include Ben Shahn, Maggie Macnab and Christopher Alexander. Jess also paints portraits of houses and other special places by commission. He lives with his wife, Nancy, a writer, in Burlington, Vermont.