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I paint mountains. It wasn’t always this way, I have drawn forever in my own forever. Mountains became my main theme in my art somehow by themselves. I guess growing up in the mountains and spending the majority of my adult life in the mountains it is easy to see why…
They are my inspiration. I want to bring the mountains to the people.
I am at the moment fascinated with mountains and clouds. These artworks that I have chosen stand out to me because of the moods created by the combination of mountains and clouds, light and shadow. I always describe myself as a painter of shadows and light.
My artworks are generally mixed media artworks. Where I use different mediums in one artwork.
Mediums I work in are: charcoal, acrylic, oil, drawing ink, graphite on backgrounds of water colour paper or canvas. They come in all formats from quite small to the largest being 3 metres wide by 160cm high.
Nature has a way of drawing me in. The amazing beauty, intricacy, moods, sounds, silence. It overwhelmes the senses. One can feel alone, small or just part of something greater. It lends a sense of freedom that is poised on a knifes edge.
Mountains are my inspiration, they are so majestic and have a timeless quality that makes one think that they have been here forever, long before we blinked into existence and will be here long after we are a faded memory in Earth’s history.
The changing light from dawn to dusk, sunlight, moonlight is fascinating and with each passing moment in each day the mountains show us a different face.
Forever changing, yet forever timeless.
Honestly, how amazing is it to be surrounded by the mountains as we do one of the most amazing things on this earth, ride down them.
The process of painting
I usually have an idea. I guess a vision in my mind of what I would like to paint. Then I search for a reference to make this idea a reality.
I take many photos when I am out the mountains, the light and moods can change from second to second and I like to capture as many of these differences as possible. It is fascinating as it is inspiring. A certain type of light, clouds etc. This is where I find the majority of my inspiration and references for my artwork. Then from a small photo I will draw.
I almost always start with the rocks. I call the rocks of the mountains the bones, like a skeleton. From this skeleton of rocks I build up the mountain with the shadows and light. This is definitely my favorite part of a drawing, it is also what gives form to the mountains, and what gives the moods of which I am trying to capture… and then in the end comes the sky.
The amount of time it takes for me to create an artwork depends on the size of the artwork and also the amount of detail in the mountain. It can take a few days just to get the rocks finished, they are completely random which makes it very challenging! I find if I make a mistake with the rocks then I can completely stuff up a painting. If the foundations are out then the rest it too.
I do not set out with the goal to draw realistically, I draw/paint what I see. And I really like to create moods, to convey the mountains as I see them and as I feel them.
I do not use usually just one medium in a painting but mix mediums up in relation to the effects that I am trying to create.
The most common combination of mediums that I use are charcoal, drawing ink, and acrylic. I have started in the past year or so to use again more oils, and I would like to get back into doing some printmaking techniques such as lino cuts and etchings.
I do not use any help to get the proportions right, the perspectives etc. So what this means is that I do not use a grid of lines to transfer a mountain from a reference to any size drawing. I do this using just my eye and freehand.
Born Melbourne, Australia.
Fine artist, ski instructor, trainer and back country guide.
Jessie is an ambassador for Respect the Mountains and a guide at Freeride Center Sölden.
How to buy
On her website is a gallery of available artworks for sale. And the best way to contact her is by email to ask about buying an artwork, and about prices. Jessie also accept commissions as well, as mountains are a very personal thing she has found and people develop very strong connections to mountains and to specific mountains. Commissions can be done in any size.
Words and pictures: Jessie Pitt