Photo of Jessi wearing a green hat and blue handmade earrings

Jessica Thornton is an illustrator and multi-disciplinary artist currently living on Ahtna and Dena'ina lands in Palmer, Alaska. Born in Åbo, Finland, and raised in Huizen, the Netherlands, Jessica lived in Scotland for 7 years before buying a one-way ticket to Alaska in 2015. She is a second generation Third Culture Kid (TCK) - her dad is from the US and her Finnish mom was born and raised in Spain. Her international upbringing has heavily influenced her work - she is fascinated by ideas of home, belonging and identity. She draws much of her inspiration from her cultural roots and her deep love for the Circumpolar North.

Jessica is deeply guided by her values, rooted in the social and environmental justice work that she has been involved with over the past 12 years. Her work experience includes civic engagement and community organizing roles in various non-profit and grassroots organizations in Alaska over the last 9+ years.

As a multi-media artist, Jessica's goal is to create work that inspires action and change and celebrates the many places that she calls home. Her mediums include textile art, laser cut wood, linoprint, screenprint, letterpress, and digital art. 

When she isn't creating, you can find her tending to her garden and vast collection of houseplants, mountain biking, or working on the cabin that she has just moved into with her partner, Drew, Mr. Kitty, their cat, and Skadi, their energetic chocolate lab/Australian shepherd mix.



Select Clients and Collaborations:

Amplifier Art

Anchorage International Film Festival

The Alaska Center Education Fund

Mary Peltola for Congress

Alaska Conservation Foundation

United Tribes of Bristol Bay

Defend Bristol Bay

Greenpeace USA

Rainforest Action Network

Pacific Environment

Native Movement

Climate Justice Alliance

Food Bank of Alaska



Shop for her artwork in person at:

Rage City Vintage, Anchorage AK

Kindred Post, Juneau AK

Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka AK