Description The graceful composition and detail in this wildlife portrait of a zebra reveals the subtle coloration of an animal usually thought to be just black and white. The watercolor by artist Paul Jackson is one of a series featuring wildlife.
Paul Jackson, Columbia Mo Member Since January 2009 Artist Statement Born in Lawrence Kansas , raised in Starkville Mississippi , Jackson began painting in college at Mississippi State University . In 1992 he received a Master’s in Fine Art from the University of Missouri . Since then his artwork has received top honors in national and international competitions, and graced the covers of dozens of magazines and books.
Paul was honored by the American Watercolor Society with signature membership at the age of 30. He is also a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society. Paul was the Grand Prize winner in the “Paint Your Way to Paris ” competition and has been featured as one of the Master Painters of the World in International Artists Magazine.
Jackson’s artwork has been on the cover of the Artist’s magazine four times in recent years. Other media featuring Jackson ’s work include: American Artist, Watercolor magazine, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor Artist, Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, NPR, CBS News, The Baltimore Sun, The St Louis Post, The Kansas City Star, and TWA’s Ambassador Magazine.
Many of Paul’s work hangs in private collections, but you can see some examples on display in museums and public buildings.
Although Paul Jackson has an unequalled passion for watercolor, his creative spirit is not confined to just that. In 2001, Jackson unveiled a 30’ diameter tiger mosaic on the University of Missouri campus. Paul led hundreds of volunteers in assembling more than 420,000 Italian glass tiles for the project. Jackson ’s painting, “Not Exactly Front Row Center” was recreated as the stage design for the musical “Porterphiles” at the York theatre in NYC. Paul has also thrice designed Easter eggs for the White House and he designed the Missouri Commemorative State Quarter for the United States Mint.
In 2008, Jackson was the featured speaker at the International Watercolor Masters Invitational in Lushan , China , during the Olympic Games. In 2009 he served as the invited juror for the American Watercolor Society’s 142nd annual international exhibition.
Jackson is the author of “Painting Spectacular Light Effects in Watercolor”, from North Light Books.