Jessie Babin was born in 1990 in Dalhousie, New Brunswick. She attended NSCAD University from 2008 to 2012 (BFA Fine Arts). In 2013, she was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Kingston Prize for her drawing Valmont. She also won Honourable Mention at the Beaverbrook gala in 2015. Her drawing Smelts is part of UNB’s permanent collection. Jessie is represented by Gallery 78 in Fredericton and is a member of the Portrait Society of Canada.

She lives and works in Moncton, N.B.

Artist Statement

I think I was unknowingly interested in portraiture even at a young age. I’ve always been fascinated with people, whether it was the fictional characters I drew as a child, the life models in art school or the people that surround me today, I’ve always enjoyed drawing people the most. I’ve always felt like drawing someone gave me more insight into their personality and their soul. It’s the one subject that’s remained a constant source of inspiration throughout my life.