Jesse Slade traces his artistic roots to his upbringing in Los Angeles, where he was raised with an acute awareness of the fine arts. His mother, a professional painter, infused his childhood with an art education that reached far beyond the classroom. As a result he formed a strong artistic leaning at avery early age. In school Slade immersed himself in art classes and began mastering the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and sculpture. He continued his formal training at the University of Arizona and earned a BFA in 2000. Upon graduating Slade accepted a position at a design ﬁrm in Los Angeles, creating posters and tour books for bands like Aerosmith and The Backstreet boys. Immediately, however, he was stifled by the strict limitations of the design job. He began working for his family's landscape contracting business and focused his creative efforts towards developing an impressive body of work.