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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

"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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See Watson's work in a group show along with Jerry Pinkney, Barbara McClintock, Jon J Muth, Barry Moser, and more.

            July 11 thru September 5, 2015

         Georgetown Art Attack! 

Opening reception Saturday, July 11th, 6-9 pm

Krab Jab Studio
5628 Airport Way S, Ste 150, Seattle, WA 

http://www.krabjabstudio.com/#!

Simon Mace Gallery exhibits a selection of Watson's works in a group show.
        
Simon Mace Gallery
open 11 to 5 pm,
Thursday thru Monday
236 Taylor Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
http://simonmacegallery.com/

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Workshop: The Art of Writing for Children

with Author/Illustrator Richard Jesse Watson

July 18 & 19, 2015 • Saturday & Sunday

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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. 

http://writersworkshoppe.com/ 

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Art Port Townsend Studio Tour

Visit Richard's studio Saturday or Sunday, August 22- 23, 2015, 10 am-4 pm

http://artporttownsend.org/2015/studio-tour/richard-jesse-watson/

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

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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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MAKING ART

is like a dog 

rolling on his back in the grass. 

It's about glory in the commonplace.