Jessica Vergeer is a fashion designer and artist based in the Parry Sound/Muskoka region of Ontario. Born in southwestern Ontario, her love for textiles led Jessica to Canada’s east coast where she enrolled at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree.
After finishing her studies at NSCAD, Jessica moved to Toronto to pursue a career in Fashion and loved every minute of it! In 2004 she made a big switch and moved to the beautiful backwoods of the near north with her partner Dan. It was here that the stunning landscapes of the area inspired her to expand her horizons and take up painting in earnest.
The love of colour, texture, and pattern, that informs Jessica’s clothing design also inspires her paintings. Working with acrylics on both wood and canvas, Jessica strives to communicate a sense of calm in her paintings – a peace that comes from the initial inspiration and carries through the creative process.
In a tribute to her upbringing on a tobacco farm, many of Jessica’s paintings are framed in tobacco slats – wood that has been kiln dried hundreds of times, weathered and textured via the drying process. The unique character of this wood adds a distinctive touch to each of Jessica’s paintings.
Today, Jessica is a proud mom to two young boys who runs a studio, gallery and dress shop at 18 James Street in downtown Parry Sound. During the summer months Jessica continues to showcase her work at farmers markets and galleries throughout cottage country.