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

March 3rd thru May 30th, 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.

630 North Sequim Avenue, Sequim, WA

http://www.nols.org/locations-hours/sequim.html

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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