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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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Catch a snatch of Watson's newest project in process 

SCBWI's Illustrator Videos and Q & A 

featuring Wendy Wahman & Richard Jesse Watson

May 21, 2015 at 7 pm

SCBWI-Western Washington Event

Seattle Pacific University • Demaray Hall

Seattle, Washington

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Bainbridge Island Museum of Art exhibits Watson's  "Confluence" painting

        
Selections from the Permanent Art Collection
February 28, 2015 - June 07, 2015 
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
550 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(located one block from the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry dock)
http://www.biartmuseum.org

Simon Mace Gallery exhibits a selection of Watson's works in a group show, May 2015
        
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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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.