A successful painting engages the viewer and pleases the eye, but leaves questions unanswered. The missing implies and balances the seen. Though I paint the appearance of surfaces, the true subject is the reality lying beneath: elusive, even hidden, but suggested in the painting.
The realism I pursue flows from my experience of the physical world as manifestation of the deeper and more ephemeral, best expressed when I observe with care and am faithful to that vision. My commitment to truth and accuracy is a discipline bringing me closer to transparency, leaving only the beauty, dignity, and power inherent in the subject.
If this seduces the viewer into seeing the world with heightened interest, perhaps a sense of expectation or anticipation, I have succeeded.
The mystery often comes to me in nature, particularly the ocean, which influences much of my work. Of late I have been drawn more and more to paint people I meet, becoming absorbed in conveying the essence I find there. Different context, different appearance-- same truth.
Joe Jackson’s sensibility emerges from the variety of his life experience. Father, big wave surfer, engineer, designer and builder, breath-hold freediver, sailor, xc hangglider— these roles have at different times been central to his experience of the world. It is a big world with so much to see and do. Yet each fragment contains the whole.
I was born in Louisiana and raised in coastal Florida and Texas, moving to California at 18 to attend Stanford. I remained in the area around Half Moon Bay for many years, working, raising my daughters, and pursuing the many outdoor pleasures California has to offer.
In 2008, with my daughters grown and busy pursuing their own dreams, I took up the full time study and practice of painting, beginning to show my work in 2009. In 2010, I relocated to Key West, where I live and paint.
You may also be interested in my hangliding, freediving, etc. blog: http://terratramp.blogspot.com/