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Children's Book Illustrator, Author & Fine Artist

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"Watson's exquisite color drawings radiate texture, feeling and mood."  Chicago Sun Times

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Kirkus Review proclaims Watson's art, "exuberant".

"Richard Jesse Watson's Tom Thumb [paintings] will take your breath away." Connoisseur


Publishers Weekly asserts "Watson's artwork achieves a startling blend of the ancient and the timeless."


"Richard Watson's use of egg tempera echoes the realism of Durer."
Los Angeles Times


"Watson's paintings from Tom Thumb are intricately detailed..."
The New York Times

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"His work is a process of thinking: an attempt at bringing two oppositions into play, efforts to balance and nod to the extremes on either end of an idea."       Bainbridge Island Museum of Art


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NEWS

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Paint Your "Palate" with Richard Jesse Watson

Friday •  December 9, 2016  •  6 to 9 pm

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"Self Portrait" by Richard Jesse Watson


Beginner’s welcome! Create your own masterpiece under the guidance of Port Townsend artist, Richard Watson.

All materials and supplies will be provided and you will leave with your very own piece of art. Price includes your canvas, art supplies, 2 complimentary glasses of wine or non-alcoholic beverage and a tasty treat from Fort Worden's newest eatery, Taps. 

Port Townsend School of Art in Port Townsend, Washington

Register online at:

 http://www.ptschoolofthearts.org/pyp/dec-9-acrylic-painting-richard-watson


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WATSON FAMILY ARTISTS WILL BE AT THE 2016 CHIMACUM ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR 

Chimacum Arts & Crafts Fair Poster Artist, Jesse Watson will be showing work, along with father, Richard Watson, and sister, Faith Pray.

Come visit us at Space # 35

91 West Valley Rd, Chimacum, Washington

30th Anniversary Poster by Jesse Watson

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Painting Classes Starting in January 2017

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Sign up for Richard's Painting Classes at Port Townsend School of the Arts


• Five-week Painting Classes

Jan 11 thru Feb 8, 2017

Wednesdays

Either morning classes or evening classes

Wednesday mornings from 9 am to noon

or Wednesday evenings from

5:30 to 8:30 pm

Call PTSA for more information (360)344-4479



"Velocity" by Richard Jesse Watson, acrylic on canvas

Port Townsend School of the Arts

Building #306, Fort Worden Campus

Port Townsend, Washington

http://www.ptschoolofthearts.org/

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Books

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"Have you ever wanted to climb into a picture?

I have. In fact, ever since I was the size of a fire hydrant I drew pictures I could play in. Pictures in which to wander far and wide, to go anywhere and do anything. Pictures were my own rocket ship to planets of unlimited imagination. 

I still climb into my pictures when illustrating a book. This portmanteau world of children's literature is the jolliest combination of the written word and the painted picture--the perfect traveling bag for exploring the universe."

Watson first dipped his toe into the world of bookmaking at age five. As a "grown-up" he's been making books for thirty years. Several of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, Kirkus Review and Booklist starred reviews, People Magazine Best Children's Book of the Year, and Golden Kite Award for Best Illustrated Book.  

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Watson's studio is a labrinth of projects and relics. 

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"MAKING ART

is like a dog rolling on his back in the grass. 

It's about glory in the commonplace."  Richard Jesse Watson