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Underlying Patterns: Pastel Drawings by Jess Kilgore

A pastel drawing of a farm in Vermont with black sheepGrand View Farm, Washington, Vermont, pastel

Jess Kilgore is a former architect turned painter currently based in Vermont. In his practice, Kilgore is inspired by the Vermont landscape, producing artworks that address the underlying patterns and mysteries in nature, using soft blended planes of oil pastel.

A pastel drawing of a sunrise breaking over a hillSunrise, pastel


I really enjoy the way Jess approaches the classic landscape painting. The artist uses pastel expertly, blending shapes and planes of colour just enough to create a sense of cohesive texture, while still leaving some evidence of the artist’s hand. The resulting works have a wonderful sense of movement, each fine, hand-sketched stroke of pigment giving the impression of wind moving across a vast expanse. In images like Sunrise, the artist uses the smudging qualities of his medium to capture the appearance of sun rays breaking over a dawn landscape. 

A screen capture of Jess Kilgore's art portfolio


In his Barn and Covered Bridge Paintings, Jess showcases his skill with the medium even further -- architectural features and newly constructed buildings are rendered with smooth, clean geometric lines that provide beautiful contrast to the soft texture of their surroundings.

A pastel drawing of a farmhouse in VermontMiller Barn, Hartland, Vermont, pastel

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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