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Jess Hurley Scott

Jess was born in Islip, New York in 1978, and raised between two coastal towns of Brightwaters, NY and later Cohasset, MA. As the oldest of nine, she and her entire family spent summers on the family Albin Trawler, sailing at both Babylon and Cohasset Yacht Clubs through her high school years.

When not out on the water, she was either drawing or painting, which led her to study Illustration and Surface Pattern Design where she earned a BFA from Syracuse University in 2000. After college, while living in New York City and then later in Boston, she worked as a Product Designer which heavily influenced her craft.

Using some of the same design programs, Jess started deconstructing her painting compositions into layers and experimenting with painting on the reverse of glass, eventually developing her technique into the dioramic paintings she currently builds. These meticulous – photorealistic paintings are painted entirely in reverse, by hand, on multiple layers of acrylic. Her proprietary technique of layering intricately painted panels spaced in custom acrylic framing, blur the line of two-dimensional painting and sculptural art. Her recent work focuses on water; illusion, perception, and underlying emotional draws of the sea. Her scale ranges from near miniature scale vignettes to dramatic, sweeping seascapes.

Scott has exhibited in various galleries and museums including ARTcetera Boston; the Woodward Gallery in New York, NY;the Quidley Gallery in Nantucket; the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT; and the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. She is featured at the Sunne Savage Gallery in Winchester, MA; the Woodward Gallery in New York, NY; the Marine Arts Gallery in Marblehead, MA; and Star Gallery in Northeast Harbor, ME.

Currently based in coastal town of Scituate, MA, Jess lives with her husband and daughters.