Children's Book Illustrator, Author & Fine Artist
"Watson's exquisite color drawings radiate texture, feeling and mood." Chicago Sun Times
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
"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
Papier Mâché Ole ! Thursday Evenings October 1 - November 19
Paper Mâché Ole! with Richard Jesse Watson
Port Townsend School of the Arts
Thursday Evenings, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
October 1st – November 19th, 2015
Class Fee: $200/eight week session
Call 360.344.4479 for registration information
Unleash your inner sculptor with user-friendly papier mâché. Explore the delightful possibilities of this versatile medium, from elegant to funky, using a wide range of paper, fabrics, and found objects.
Richard will teach this 8 week class in Building 306 at the Fort Worden campus in Port Townsend. An art supply list will be given to students prior to the first day of class. Class size limited to 12.
Blue Whole Gallery October 2 - November 2, 2015
Guest Artist Richard Jesse Watson
Mining Realism, Fracking Abstration
October 2 - November 2, 2015
Art Walk & Reception: Friday • October 2 • 5-8 pm
Art Talk: Wednesday October 14 at 6 pm
Blue Whole Gallery • 129 Washington • Sequim WA
Writing for Children Workshop October 10-11, 2015
with Author/Illustrator Richard Jesse Watson
October 10 & 11, 2015 • Saturday & Sunday
Join this two-day workshop designed to loosen your imagination and tighten your writing at The Writers' Workshoppe/Imprint Books in Port Townsend, Washington.
Watson demonstrates character development and story structure, with an emphasis on the picture book.
Find the way back to your Island of Wild Things through interactive and personal writing exercises.
This workshop provides tools and tangible steps to help launch your stories.
Painting Workshop October 24 - 25, 2015
Building Drama into Your Compositions
Painting Workshop with Richard Jesse Watson
October 24-25, 2015 • Saturday & Sunday
At Guy Cole Center in Carrie Blake Park • Sequim
Register at: http://BlueWholeGallery.com/gallery/events
Simon Mace Gallery September - October 2015
Simon Mace Gallery exhibits a selection of Watson's works in a group show through October 2015
Simon Mace Gallery
open 11 to 5 pm,
Thursday thru Monday
236 Taylor Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
"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.
Watson's studio is a labrinth of projects and relics.
is like a dog rolling on his back in the grass.
It's about glory in the commonplace." Richard Jesse Watson