Gallery 1001 welcomes acclaimed artist Donna Jackson of Grove, Oklahoma as guest artist through the months of February and March.
Jackson has loved art and creative expression since childhood when she loved to draw portraits. “Capturing the expressiveness of each individual continues to bring me great satisfaction,” she said.
Her passion is a pursuit of beauty, and finding beauty in nearly every subject. “When I paint, it’s not my desire to exactly reproduce an object, but rather to express its qualities in an interesting, creative, and artful way,” Jackson said. “My art is not to merely make a statement of what is, but to help people see the beauty in what is. I add more—more light, more depth, more interest. I hope people will feel strength and a love for life when they see my art. And sometimes I want them to feel peace.”
Jackson studied art at Colby Community College in northwest Kansas and Oklahoma Christian University, and has had a lifelong pursuit of excellence in her medium. In 2010 she studied with plein air artist Rick Howell. She credits Richard Schmidt with influencing her style, and has always admired work of Sargent and Renoir.
“I find inspiration in an endless variety of subjects. The sweetness of a child’s countenance, the color of fresh produce from the farm, the reflection of the moon on the lake. . .these bring me joy, inspiration, and gratitude for the privilege of being an artist. Although I also work in the studio, I love working in nature, experiencing firsthand a field of wild flowers or a beautiful sailboat on the lake. It is my hope that I can translate that reality to the viewer in a meaningful way.”
Given her long list of exhibits and awards, she has seen her dream come true. Among numerous other awards, in 2007 her painting “Streets of Barcelona” received the Best of Show award at the Bartlesville 54th Annual Spring show, Critics’ Choice Exhibition. Her painting “No Head Hollow” was selected as one of the winning entries in the 2013 Illinois River Salon, “Restoration of Our Rivers” Conference at Crystal Bridges Museum.
Her medium of choice is oils. She loves the endless variety of effects that can be achieved with them. “I love to express with color and big fresh brushwork,” she said. In addition to being a lifelong student of art, Jackson has also shared her passion as an instructor in oil painting and pastel painting. Her students have ranged in age from young children to adults.
Gallery 1001 will host a welcome reception for Donna Jackson during the First Friday Art Walk, February 5. Stop by to greet this talented artist and preview the work which will be displayed through February and March. She is pleased to be able to offer a painting class at Gallery 1001 at the close of her exhibit, March 26.
To see the work of Donna Jackson, as well as new creations of member artists, visit Gallery 1001. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am until 4 pm. Information on her work and travels can be found at www.DonnaJacksonArtist.com, and on Facebook, Donna Jackson Artist.