Jessica Mary Neafsey | Founder | LA #6388, ASLA, NAI

Jessica is a licensed landscape architect, interpretive designer and environmental artist in Carmel, California. Her creative work is driven by the simple mission to expand our sense of kinship with nature and all life. In her decade of professional practice in ecological design, she has authored numerous sustainability master plans and collaborated with many future-minded architects, clients, and communities through her work at Rana Creek and The Johnson Hill Land Ethics Studio. Her firm, Jessica Mary Land Arts, aspires to create landscapes that connect people to place and to each other, which vividly tell the true stories of these relationships through compelling, innovative, fresh and timeless design.

A commitment to deep listening, exciting originality, visual excellence, and beautiful communication define the core of Jessica’s design process. She draws from professional experience across a multitude of scales and geographies…from ecological site analysis and design, to land use and sustainability master planning; from California and the West Coast, to the Hawaiian Islands, the Great Lakes and the East Coast. Jessica’s early background in visual arts and aerial photography is complemented with ample field experience in agriculture and habitat restoration, as well as a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.  Jessica is a licensed landscape architect in the states of California (LA #6388) and Michigan (#3901001725), a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, National Association for Interpretation, California Native Plant Society, American Cetacean Society, and Carmel Center for Photographic Art. She serves as a member of the Cultural Committee for the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County.

“Conservation begins with connection... It is my passion to inspire curiosity and affection for our Earth and oceans through compelling visual story and design that reconnects. I believe that the capacity of our human hearts + imaginations correlates directly to the degree to which our eyes are open to the exquisite diversity of life that has evolved over millions of years on our planet.  Nature is ripe with intricacy that wants to be seen – it is my joy to interpret.”

JMLA has a sister company, Anima, which offers mindfully-made, apparel featuring original California plant and animal prints. It's all an invitation to get a little more intimate with evolution's wildest beauty!

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California State Parks, Ventana Wildlife Society, West Cook Wild Ones, MEarth, Jayson Fann, Buchanan Craft LLC, Save the Waves Coalition, Carmel River Watershed Conservancy, Homeowners in Pebble Beach, Carmel, Carmel Valley, the Santa Lucia Preserve, Pacific Grove, and more.

We love to collaborate.

Emily Underwood Illustration | Collaborator

Emily is a native Californian, who in her words is "inspired by the landscapes that surround me and everything that lives and grows on them." Emily works directly from life and nature, and this authenticity and vitality is not only seen but felt in her paintings, prints, and illustrations. With a graduate certificate in Science Illustration, a master's degree in Geology, and a B.S. in Earth Sciences, Emily has a wealth of scientific knowledge and understanding to complement her exquisite eye for beauty and her prolific, artful hand.  

"To feel and speak the astonishing beauty of things"

Robinson Jeffers