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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

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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

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IF YOU CAN THINK IT...YOU CAN MAKE IT!

WATSON'S 4-WEEK SCULPTING CLASS AT PORT TOWNSEND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

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Unleash your inner sculptor with Eco-Alchemy re-purposing cast-offs into treasure! A step-by-step approach to sculpting using a wide range of materials, found objects, paper mache, and mixed media.


Richard Jese Watson will teach this four week class in Building #306 at the Fort Worden campus in Port Townsend. An art supply list will be provided upon registration. 

February 8th - February 28th, 2016  •  Monday Mornings, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm -OR-  Monday Evenings, 6:00- 9:00 pm

Class fee: $100. plus $20. materials fee      http://www.ptschoolofthearts.org/classes-adult/

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THE AWESOME DANCE OF STORY, ART & BOOKS ~ Sequim Library features the Art of Richard Jesse Watson 

March 3rd thru May 31st, 2016

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Opening Reception

March 4th, 2016  •  6 pm

Join the interactive dance of story, art and books (music too) at the Sequim Branch Library. Richard will pick ideas from the audience, turn them into quick drawings and create a story together.

Live music, dancing and fun for all ages.

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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