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
8-Week Painting Class with Richard Jesse Watson
Port Townsend School of the Arts
Mondays, Morning or Evening Sessions Nov 30, 2015 - Feb 1, 2016
Jumpstart your moto perpetuo. Skill building and imagination generating exercises will help you discover your unique and abundant creative potential. Experience the freedom to express dreams through painting. All skill levels are welcome-beginners to DaVincis!
Richard Jese Watson will teach this eight week class in Building #306 at the Fort Worden campus in Port Townsend. An art supply list will be provided upon registration.
November 30th, 2015 - February 1st, 2016 (no class December 21st and 28th)
Monday Mornings, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm OR Monday Evenings, 6:00- 9:00 pm
Class fee: $200.
Father & Son Paintings on Exhibit at Port Angeles Main Library
October 9, 2015 - January 6, 2016
Richard's Tom Thumb egg tempera painting will be on exhibit after a 3-year traveling exhibition through the NCCIL museum.
Richard Watson and Jesse Watson will be exhibiting other original art from their published books. Both accomplished, award-winning children's book authors and illustrators, their work will be exhibited for three months in the Port Angeles Main Library.
2210 South Peabody Street • Port Angeles • WA
Simon Mace Gallery November - December 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