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Fine Artist, Children's Book Illustrator & Author

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"Dusk Dawn Dance" by Richard Jesse Watson,  5' x 5' acrylic on canvas

"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 "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

"Heavenly Aroma" egg tempera with gold leaf on board,   30" x 43"

Published cover art from The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake

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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


Painting Classes with Richard Jesse Watson

Port Townsend School of the Arts

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• Five-week Painting Classes 

Jan 11 thru Feb 8, 2017

Wednesdays

Either morning classes or evening classes

Wednesday mornings from 9 am to noon https://www.ptschoolofthearts.org/adult-classes/painting-with-richard-watson-16-wednesdays-9-12-noon

~or ~

Wednesday evenings from

5:30 to 8:30 pm

https://www.ptschoolofthearts.org/adult-classes/copy-of-painting-with-richard-watson-16-wednesdays-jan-11-feb-28-530-830pm

Call PTSA for more information (360) 344-4479

"Plenipotentiary" by Richard Jesse Watson, 5' x 5' 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