• Jessie Jo Eckford
  • 1895-1941
  • American


Painter and woodcut artist Jessiejo Eckford was born November 25, 1895 in Dallas, Texas, and named for her mother, Jessie, and father, Joseph. She lived a relatively brief life of forty-six years in Dallas, but traveled extensively to paint around the state of Texas, as well as in New Mexico; Mexico; Gloucester, Massachusetts; the Ozarks; New York; and internationally when she toured the world in the mid-1920s.

The year 1930 is a dividing line in terms of her use of media. Prior to that year, Eckford painted essentially in oil; afterward, working with wood blocks and watercolors. In 1934, she had a one-person exhibition in Dallas at the Joseph Sartor Galleries. There was a certain element of expressive, romantic fantasy in her buildings and landscapes

Group shows include the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; Print Club of Albany, New York; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; International Printmakers, Los Angeles, California; Washington Watercolor Club, Washington, D.C.; American Watercolor Society, New York City; Midwestern Artists, Kansas City, Missouri; and the Southern States Art League.

Eckford also exhibited in many Texas venues: the Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio; Centennial Exposition, Dallas; Texas Fine Art Association, Austin; San Antonio Competitive Exhibition; Fort Worth Museum of Art; Dallas State Fair; and Dallas Women's Forum.

Eckford's work is in the collections of the Witte Memorial Museum, and the Elisbet Ney Museum, Austin.

Jessiejo Eckford died in Dallas on December 5, 1941.

Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, "An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West"

Selected Collections:
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art