About Jordan Pope

Artist Jordan PopeDevoted to the resplendent beauty of her surroundings, Jordan Pope paints the romantic light of Santa Barbara.

Jordan gives great care to the planning and execution of each painting whether it be the grand scale of the composition or the subtle nuance of a brush stroke. Jordan's paintings are recognized by the layers of emotional overtones of subdued color and the sumptuous quality of the surface. She is dedicated to creating a fine collection. This is her life's passion.

To celebrate her years of residing in Santa Barbara Jordan completed a suite of paintings entitled, “Twelve Months of Light,” 2010-2014. Most of the works in the collection are done in a large format, designed to truly display the drama and grandeur of the scene. This painterly viewpoint and approach has made Jordan an artistic presence in Santa Barbara as well as California—it reflects the timeless romance of the region for future generations.

Jordan studied under New York Artist B. Mertching and is one of Santa Barbara's most influential artists and instructors, specializing in Southern California plein air painting and alla prima studio painting. Along with being featured on numerous Southern California magazine covers, she has shown her work in major national and international exhibitions. She has also exhibited in galleries throughout Washington, Oregon, and California.

Jordan exhibited at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum Auction, and at the Santa Barbara contemporary Arts Museum.  Jordan's painting have been included in the Oil Painters of America's National juried exhibition and the National America Impressionist Society exhibition. She is an Artist member of the California Art Club, Southern California Plein Air Painters, Oil Painters of America, and American Impressionist Society.

National Juried Exhibitions

  • California Gold Medal Show 2019
  • 14th Annual Oil Painters of America
  • 6th Annual American Impressions Society National Exhibition

West Coast Juried Exhibitions of California

  • “Quintessential California,” Altadena Town & Country Club 2017
  • Special invitation, Flags Are Up Farm (sponsored by Seaside Gallery) 2017
  • Juried Western Art Show, Pismo Beach, CA 2016
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Women’s Board “Off The Wall” 2012
  • Museum of Natural History, Museum League Exhibition, Santa Barbara 2007-2015
  • Faulkner Gallery Show, Santa Barbara 2007
  • Primavera Art, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts forum 2006
  • La Arcada Spring show (SCAPE) 2005
  • Plein Air art show, New Port Bay Conservancy 2004
  • Santa Barbara Historical Museum Auction 2003
  • California Art Club, Women’s City Club, Pasadena 2003

Special Honors

  • Guest Artist at El Encanto, Santa Barbara April 2022
  • Artist Table, Natural History Museum of Santa Barbara 2019
  • Selected to be an Artist member of California Art Club 2018
  • “Paraiso De Oro” (60”x40”) oil painting chosen for the permanent collection of Ridley Tree Cancer Center 2017
  • Voted Best Art Instructor by Montecito Magazine readers 2012
  • Painting “Last Light at Butterfly Beach” chosen for promotional materials for Art Walk, Montecito to benefit CALM 2002
  • Painting “Summer’s Child” chosen and used on 2003 promotional materials for Art Walk, Montecito, to benefit CALM

Gallery Representation

  • Special exhibition, “The Cowboy and The Lady,” Portico Gallery, Montecito, California 2017
  • Seaside Gallery, Pismo Beach Ca. 2015
  • Hilligoss Gallery, Chicago Il. 2005
  • Portico Gallery, Montecito, California 2001-present
  • Anne Adrienne Gallery, Federal Way, Washington 1993-2001

Unique Collections Created By The Artist

  • “Quiet Dreams and Reflections” Twelve master-sized paintings with a theme of reflections in water, 2015-2020
  • “Twelve Months of Light” (all sold) Twelve master-sized paintings of Santa Barbara’s unique light 2010-2014


  • “Art for All,” featured article, Montecito Magazine, Summer 2022
  • Cover art and featured article, Neighbors Magazine 2019
  • “Jordan Pope: Artistic Presence,” Montecito Journal Glossy 2017
  • “Jordan Pope: Quiet Dreams and Reflections,” Montecito Journal Glossy 2016
  • “Jordan Pope: Twelve Months of Light,” Montecito Journal Glossy 2013
  • Art Connoisseur editorial 2008
  • Montecito Magazine, cover and editorial 2005
  • Southwest Art editorial 2004
  • Passport Magazine, cover and editorial 2004
  • Art graced the cover of Montecito Journal 2003

Organizations and Associations

  • Art Dealers Assoc. of Santa Barbara 2006-present
  • Southern California Painters for the Environment 2003-present
  • Oil Painters of America 2002-present
  • American Impressions Society 2002-present
  • California Art Club 2002-present
  • South Coast Plein Air Painters 2002-2012
  • Santa Barbara Visual Arts Alliance 2001-2006

Special Qualifications

  • Art Gallery owner and Curator for 30 years
  • Owner of the longest established gallery on Coast Village Road, Montecito, California (18 years)
  • Art Instructor teaching studio classes (30-40 students weekly), plus annual workshops in plein air, color mixing, and drawing.
  • In addition to curating and owning Portico Gallery, in 2020 Jordan opened "The Monet Room," a dedicated classroom studio in Montecito, California.

Samples of Jordan's Art

Ride on a Rainbow 40x32 Jordan Pope

Ride on a Rainbow

Tidal Ribbons 68x48 Jordan Pope

Tidal Ribbons

Autumn Santa Barbara 40x40 Jordan Pope

Autumn Santa Barbara

Champagne Tide 60x40 Jordan Pope

Champagne Tide

Blush Before Twilight 53" x 41" Jordan Pope

Blush Before Twilight

Golden Afternoon 68" x 48" Jordan Pope (Sold)

Golden Afternoon

Santa Barbara Light

Santa Barbara Light

Lilies in the Morning Sun

Lilies in the Morning Sun

October Light Jordan Pope 24x24 oil

October Light

Letters from the Sea Jordan Pope 40x30 oil

Letters from the Sea