Nomi Wagner Portrait Artist

Portrait Paintings of a Marine Hero

by Nomi Wagner


Sargent Jesse Wilkes, Afghanistan, 2009

I want to tell you about my beautiful friend, Dr. Kimber Lee Wilkes. Kimber is an ordained Non-Denominational Minister, who has officiated at heartfelt personalized ceremonies for 30 years, enriching the passages of life for many deeply grateful families.

Following the tragic motorcycle death of her 27-year-old son, Marine Sargent Jesse Wilkes, on April 27, 2013, Kimber created Military on Motorcycle Safety (M.O.M.S.)/ The Jesse Wilkes Memorial Foundation. After returning home safely from two tours in Afghanistan, Jesse was hit and killed by a vehicle making an unsafe left-hand turn.


M.O.M.S. advocates for safer roads at dangerous intersections and aids victims of similar accidents through rehabilitation and/or funeral costs. You can read more about M.O.M.S at The website has informative tips for sharing the road with motorcyclists and ways for us to help Kimber save lives and prevent similar tragedies from happening to other families, military and civilian.

Jesse, age 1

It has been an honor for me to paint these portraits of Jesse. Join Kimber, Gerry, and me tomorrow in the M.O.M.S. booth at a fun and free event!

Military and Veteran Expo

Saturday, August 15, 10-2

Camarillo Community Center, 1605 Burnley Street, Camarillo, CA


For more information:

Kimber Wilkes (818) 264-6174