Born to British parents in Washington, D.C., Jessie spent her early years mostly in England and Connecticut, and now travels the world seeking inspiration for her next series of paintings.

​She attended Bay Path College for Women, Longmeadow, Massachusetts (A.S.); Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia (B.A. ), and did coursework at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. Jessie has a home in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

​For the past 6 years, Jessie has been traveling and holding art shows to raise funds and awareness for Karimu - a nonprofit created by Jessie and her dear friend, Tally Bandy, to aid the people of Tanzania.

​"The serious painting began when I was consulting – working in an auto plant with assembly line workers. The atmosphere was grim, and watching their bodies bending over their work was such an emotional experience for me that I started making drawings of them at night when my work was done, and then painting from the drawings back in my hotel room. The work I was doing was very exacting, data oriented – so the emotions would build up and find their outlet through painting."