When starting work on this piece, I already had in mind I wanted to paint a night scene. What happens if you are in a structure and the landscape is only a shadow?

I had recently come across the architecture firm Paul Davis Architects and looking at their website, I became inspired by one of their remodels for Amaree's Boutique. The arch is interesting in modern southwest architecture because of the other historical references associated with Spanish architecture. I really enjoyed working on this piece; however, next time I think I will use a compass. 

The floor is made with metallic coper paint as are the waves and lamp wire. With varying light and shadows, the metallic parts move and express themselves differently.

This piece is made of acrylic paint and graphite pencil on a gallery wrapped canvas. The painting continues around the sides and comes ready to hang.

- Jessica Ecker

Six Arches (Architected Landscape 20)

Acrylic paint, graphite pencil on stretched canvas

Signed on back

36" h x 36" w x 1.5" d
15 lbs. 0 oz.



Jessica Ecker
Mesa, Arizona

Getting to Know Jessica

Jessica Ecker grew up in Arizona and has always been drawn to the desert landscape. In her series titled Architected Landscape, she explores how modern architecture integrates with the desert. The watercolor paintings feature geometric one-story houses with large windows that expose the rugged landscape around them. Like Philip Johnson’s Glass House and other mid-century modern architecture, the landscape is the real “walls” for these structures. By placing the viewer inside the house to look out, Jessica creates a surreal scene. Inside, the walls are stark and grey, while outside many of the landscapes have a fantastical characteristic with brightly colored “candied” mountains. The sense of form, color, and shape in the work reflects a modern American style, reminiscent of painters such as Edward Hopper and David Hockney. Jessica pays tribute to the vibrant flat colors of the West, and quiet scenes of American life. Even though the pieces are devoid of people, it is the way we are placed in the scenes that give the paintings a sense of aspiration. We would like to exist in these places, where the magical landscape seems to have a spiritual pull.