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 universal patterns of nature, and to express his sense of harmony, connectedness, mystery and joy they give. He finds the Vermont landscape a rich source of inspiration for his work in pastel and oil.
His influences, among others, include the design/art theories of
Ben Shahn, Gyorgy Kepes, Alain de Botton, 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.