Andrew DeJesse

Andrew DeJesse


The "Hunter's Window" painting depicts the mind of a Soldier. The Soldier occupies the states of either just returning home or of being overseas. Viewing the landscape through a bedroom window represents being in one place, while thinking of another. Under the bed lay hidden objects collected during deployments. Those objects are the tangible and intangible baggage that stays with the Soldier long after returning home. The unoccupied room plays to the idea that the Soldier never really comes home. The Soldier is physically and mentally outside of the space. In this scene, the Soldier is out hunting beyond the audience's view. (Oil on panel, 48 X 33 inches)

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I graduated from University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA in 1993 with a BFA in Illustration. I worked as a freelance illustrator and as an in-house art director in pharmaceutical advertising in NJ, PA, and NYC. After moving to Texas, I started my expressive art career with a focus on the Great Plains' heritage and expressing outliers in terms of 21st Century Regionalism and modern Social Realism. My work has shown in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Over the last 15 years, I have participated in numerous solo and group exhibits.

Coping through Art

I have deployed once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. In the military, I currently serve as a Civil Affairs Officer with the specialty function as a Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer (formerly known as Monuments Men). My military assignments have been to work with local populaces on education, infrastructure, governance, and cultural heritage projects.
My art reflects on the people I served with and local Iraqis or Afghans that I worked alongside. My works are never direct representations of battle scenes. Instead I paint the two worlds that combat veterans occupy… reflections of home or of being overseas.
Since returning from my last deployment, I have been able to conduct an art collaboration with artists from Kabul, Afghanistan. The show was entitled, “Art Transcending Conflict” and it was exhibited in Amarillo, TX.

This piece is for sale directly from the artist Price $5,500.00