Jessica Hedrick has been working in oil paints from early childhood, learning from her father, notable Canadian painter, Ron Hedrick. Jessica paints a variety of subjects, but focuses on landscapes and portraiture.
At around 15 years old, Hedrick attended her first weekend workshop. Her mentor, Gordon Applebee Smith, strongly encouraged her to pursue visual arts. She studied art at the University College of the Fraser Valley under Bruce Paschak who taught her to enjoy the creative process and to expand her concepts of art. Since then she has taken workshops with Canadian and American painters Carolyn Anderson, Ingrid Christensen, Kevin Bielfuss and Dominik Modlinski.
Jessica married in the fall of 2011 and, along with her husband Dave, owned and operated Rendez-Vous Art Gallery in Vancouver, BC until 2013. Jessica couldn’t stay away from the art business for long though, as she later worked with former owner of the Hambleton Galleries, Stew Turcotte, and now the current owner, Joshua Peters, in Kelowna, BC.
In late 2015 Jessica started a project called “The Face of Kelowna” where she painted a Kelowna resident's portrait per day for one year. All of the funds raised from the project will go directly to the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Jessica currently resides in Kelowna B.C with her husband and daughter, where she paints and teaches out of her studio.
“Painting says things that words just can't. With unlimited paintbrush marks, colours and values, ideas and moods, the expression is endless and the more ideas I develop, the more I want to explore.”