Raised in Red Deer, Alberta, Jesse Gouchey grew up drawing and sketching as a hobby while competing with siblings for best quality art. Learning as much about fine art as he could in school, Jesse took to street art and graffiti to satisfy his need for colour and expression.
After working in, then leaving the oil patch to move to Calgary, Jesse began mixing traditional west coast native styles with modern media, and began selling canvasses. Curating, exhibiting and collaborating in many shows he has shown in several galleries around Central Alberta.
Jesse received animation training in Quickdraw Animation’s Aboriginal Youth Animation Project and has completed two short animated films, an Aboriginal graphic novel, and an apprenticeship at the National Film Board of Canada. Jesse enjoys how his art has brought him closer to his Cree heritage.