Jessie Krushel, Peace River, Alberta

Artistic Mediums: Photography, Acrylic Painting, Pastels, and Food!
Jessie Krushel grew up in Peace River, Alberta where she dabbled in piano, voice, dance, musical theatre, skiing, horse-back riding, and hiking in the hills. She developed a special passion for reading and painting early in her childhood. Jessie studied Linguistics and Psychology at Grant McEwan College and U of A and celebrated the completion of her B.A. by touring Europe with a friend. She was greatly inspired by the art and the food.

Her travels within Canada have taken her to Brooks Peninsula on northwest Vancouver Island with family, to Quebec with her French Immersion class and later with her Joliet-native beau, and to Charlottetown, P.E.I. with the U of A Concert Choir. She has also stood in fields of sunflowers in Manitoba in her travels to visit grandparents. Her varied background all comes together in her perspective on beauty and art, whether she’s sketching a private garden, composing a photograph in Juliette’s House in Verona, or painting a bunch of radishes. Painting instruction with Randall Wiebe (Rosebud, AB) has encouraged her to play more freely with colour and brush strokes. See her painting of a Peace River Homestead Cabin. This image is also available in a canvas print, printed by Elite Lithographers in Edmonton, AB.

Jessie lived in Nanaimo, B.C. for two years, where she studied baking at Vancouver Island University, and practiced her food art at Mon Petit Chou. She hoped someday to display her paintings in her own bakery/deli, with her beau, Daniel Ducharme, as her barista. In June 2012, she and Daniel purchased the artsy little cafe called Java Domain in Peace River, where their hopes and dreams are coming true – with a great deal of hard work! They installed a gallery hanging system in the cafe so they can display local art for people to enjoy along with the food art.

Jessie is featured in a few cards as an impromptu model as well: Journey, Wild Berries, A Deer Friend, and together with Daniel in Walking in a Winter Wonderland. And her hands are holding the candle in You Warm my Heart.