Fine Artist, Children's Book Illustrator & Author
"Dusk Dawn Dance" by Richard Jesse Watson, 5' x 5' acrylic on canvas
"Watson's exquisite color drawings radiate texture, feeling and mood." Chicago Sun 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
CVG 2021 Annual Washington State Juried Art Competition
Visit CVG's 14th Annual Show
January 23 - February 26
My painting of Phina, like the angel Gabriel, in front of Mt. Tahoma, portrays them both waiting for just the right moment to blow.
Nature demands to be heard, as do the wonderful women in all our world.
This work was selected for inclusion in the state-wide show. If you're not able to visit the show in-person, visit virtually, at CVGShow.com
Gallery open to visitors Wed-Sat 11 am - 4 pm
Downtown Bremerton, WA at 4th & Pacific Ave
"A Time To Be Heard" by Richard Jesse Watson 3' x 4' oil on canvas
Lilliputian in a giant world.
Filmmaker Cameron Snow, captures Richard's thoughts about his work in the exhibition at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Click here to view the Video.
Selections of Watson's original paintings from the permanent collection on exhibit at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
The exhbition features works by Richard Jesse Watson along with other Northwest artists.
Take this opportunity to visit the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Stargazer, by Richard Jesse Watson oil on board 22.25" x 28"
Daily Bread, by Richard Jesse Watson Oil on board 22" x 33"
Confluence, by Richard Jesse Watson on exhibit at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Acrylic on canvas 36" x 48"
"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.
Kirkus Review proclaims Watson's art, "exuberant".
"Richard Jesse Watson's Tom Thumb [paintings] will take your breath away." Connoisseur
Publishers Weekly "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
"Heavenly Aroma" egg tempera with gold leaf on board, 30" x 43"
Published cover art from The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake
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