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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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"Self Portrait" by Richard Jesse Watson

Paint Your "Palate" with Jesse & Richard

Friday •  August 12, 2016  •  6 to 9 pm

Beginner’s welcome! Create your own masterpiece under the guidance of Port Townsend renowned artists, Richard Watson & Jesse Watson. All materials and supplies will be provided and you will leave with your very own piece of art. Price includes your canvas, art supplies, 2 complimentary glasses of wine or non-alcoholic beverage and a tasty treat from Fort Worden's newest eatery, Taps. Class fee $68.00.

Port Townsend School of Art in Port Townsend, Washington

Register online at:

 http://www.ptschoolofthearts.org/classes-adult/paint-your-palate-friday-august-12th-6-9pm

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FACULTY ART SHOW & OPEN HOUSE • PORT TOWNSEND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

SATURDAY •  AUGUST 6th • 1 to 4 pm

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Sign up for Richard's Classes & Workshops:


• Paint Your "Palate"

Friday, Aug 12th, 6 to 9 pm


• Five-week Painting Class

Nov 7 thru Dec 12, 2016

Mondays, 6 to 9 pm

(no class Nov 21st)


• Weekend Painting Workshop

Nov 26 thru 27, 2016, 9 am to 4 pm


• Paint Your "Palate"

Friday, Dec 9th, 2016,  6 to 9 pm

"Velocity" by Richard Jesse Watson, acrylic on canvas

Come see the Faculty Art Show, meet the instructors and check out Fall art classes during the Open House on Saturday, August 6th, 1 to 4 pm. The show runs Aug 2 - Sept 2 (Mon thru Sat, 1 to 4 pm), with a Grand Closing Party on Friday, September 2nd, 5 to 8 pm.

Building #306, Fort Worden Campus, Port Townsend, WA

http://www.ptschoolofthearts.org/

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WATSON'S "CONFLUENCE" ON EXHIBIT AT BAINBRIDGE ISLAND MUSEUM OF ART    

June 25 - October 02, 2016

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"Confluence" by Richard Jesse Watson,  oil on canvas

BIMA @ 3

Exhibition from the Permanent Collection

Visit the museum 10 am to 6 pm daily

550 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Island, Washington

http://tps://www.biartmuseum.org/exhibitions/permanent-art-collection-bima-3/

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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