Jess Minckley was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and migrated to Los Angeles, California to pursue a BFA in Painting/Fine Art at Otis College of Art and Design. Later working in galleries, Minckley gained awareness of the international art world and it’s foibles and so decided to open up shop with a fellow alum. All the work was digitally shown, the gallery was called Light & Wire. After simultaneously working in arts in higher education, Minckley pursued an MFA at Otis as well and began teaching drawing and design at three area colleges. Presently, Minckley is embarking on a pilgrimage to Oregon to invest fully in a career in illustration and further their practice in fine arts.