Drawing from the Abstract Expressionists, Jackson combines figurative and abstract elements in bold, colorful paintings composed of oil paint, dry pigments, wax, graphite, and sometimes collage. Formed from a range of brushstrokes and a diverse color palette, Jackson’s figures—which usually appear alone in the center of his canvases—are barely discernible, bordering on abstraction. Jackson engages in a process of applying and eliminating layers of paint, and altering pigmented cold wax with solvents, creating compositions that typically possess a remarkable physicality and emotional restlessness.
A San Francisco native and resident, Jackson studied fine art and environmental design at San Francisco State University and CCA, Oakland, CA. Jackson is a recipient of many awards including: Four time Full Fellowship Award/Artist-in-residency at MACA, Monte Azul, Costa Rica; Artist-in-Residency Award (first recipient), San Francisco Zoological Society & The Bernard Osher Foundation, San Francisco, CA; Full Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center, JohnsonVT; “Nathan Oliveira Fellowship Award”, presented by MMG Foundation, San Francisco, CA. Jackson’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is part of the permanent collection of: The deSassait Museum, Santa Clara, CA; Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID; The Association of Zoos and Aquariums for “Kingdom Animalia”, an experimental video & sound installation, awarded by The Bernard Osher Foundation, San Francisco, CA, as well as numerous corporate and private collections.