JESSE DON RASBERRY
American, born 1940
California wildflowers in bloom
signed 'JD Rasberry' (lower right)
oil on board
Jesse Don Rasberry was born on November 10, 1940 in rural, picturesque Oklahoma. Shortly after his birth, his family relocated to California, living a short while in Palm Springs, before eventually settling in the grape-growing region of Lodi in San Joaquin County. Later, the family moved a short distance south to Stockton, California, where Rasberry's father supported the group as a builder and carpenter. They would remain in the Stockton/Lodi area throughout Rasberry's adolescent and formative years.
Growing up in close proximity to wide open agricultural land and the scenic San Joaquin River Delta had a profound impact on Rasberry, and would later form the foundation and inspiration for his artistic endeavors. The family traveled frequently, which exposed him to the dramatic landscapes of the Southwest. As a young child, Rasberry showed a strong interest in art and the natural world
In the early 1980s, while in Texas, Rasberry started painting, primarily landscapes of Texas and California.
As time passed, Rasberry began to devote more time to his painting, and by the turn of this century, art had become his primary focus. He is self-taught.
A diverse artist, Rasberry paints primarily in oil in the impressionist style. His favorite compositions capture the intense light and the ever-present wildflowers of the California and Texas landscapes. His work is characterized by a bold use of vibrant color, heavy impasto, and painterly brushwork. The artist's work can be found in private collections, galleries, fine art events, and major auctions in California and Texas.