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. 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.
Jess paints to explore the underlying structural order he sees in the recurring patterns and forms of nature, and express the feelings of connectedness and meaning they give. He finds the Vermont landscape a rich source of inspiration for his work in pastel and oil.
His influences include Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and contemporary realists, and he is currently drawn to the early 20th century school of the Canadian Seven, a group that sought to characterize the uniqueness of the Canadian landscape.
Jess also paints portraits of houses and other special places by commission. He lives with his wife, Nancy, a writer, in Burlington, Vermont.