Jesse Powell was born in 1977 in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in painting and drawing, and went on to study in the Republic of Georgia under the tutelage of Russian and American painters Nicholai Dubovik, Ilya Yatsenko, and John Wurdeman. His influences include many of todays living artists, such as Matt Smith and Clyde Aspevig, along with many California and American impressionists. Jesse’s work has received numerous awards, including second place in the 2013 Plein Air Salon, and the Irvine Museum Award at the 101rst annual Califonia Art Club Gold Medal Show. Jesse's paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including shows at The Fischer Museum at USC, The Autry National Center, The Irvine Museum, The Laguna Art Museum, The Pasadena Museum of California History, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, and The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Most recently, Jesse has become the first living artist to have a work accepted into the permanent collection of The Irvine Museum. He currently resides with his wife in Carmel, California.