Occasionally you come across art that just makes you smile.  

The work of my latest Artist Spotlight series feature certainly does that for me. I am madly in love with the happy works that are such a wonderful realist style.  

I saw this “Oysterman” in Nantucket at Samuel Owen Gallery and knew I had to get to know the artist a bit better.

Enjoy the amazing work of

Robert C. Jackson

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

    

What is your training? 

 Actually, not art.  BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware.  But have been doing art full time for over 20 years.

What inspires you and your designs?

I carry a sketchbook wherever I go and jot down ideas continually.  Even though I am a still life painter, my works deal with thoughts from my life.

What is your favorite piece? 

Usually it’s what I just finished!  I don’t typically show them until they are in my gallery but I’ll make an exception in this case as it will be in my November show in NYC at Gallery Henoch

This piece is called “All About Balance” and is 60” x 48”.

How has the your area influenced your work?

I suppose there is a respect for realism here due to the Wyeth family, but other than that I’m not really sure!

What is your favorite restaurant in ?

It’s a nice 3/4 mile walk from my studio to Victory Brewing, a great place to break up my day and eat lunch.

What is your favorite cocktail?

In honor of The Dude (The Big Lebowski), I have to go with a White Russian.

How do you balance personal life and work?

I’m so fortunate to have this as my job. And as my own boss, when I am needed at any time by my wife or kids, I can be there.  Thats not to say I don’t work insanely hard, rather my hours are as flexible as need be.

Dream trip?

I like the water.  I take that trip all the time – kayaking down a river.

Dream commission?

Not sure there is such a thing!  I enjoy just painting my own ideas. But I suppose my career has gotten to the point where my commissions tend to be people who missed a work of mine, and want something in that vein.  Thats ok.

Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?

My daughter, Tessa, works at Galer Winery about a mile from my house.  So I like to buy a bottle of their wine and paint on the label.

Who is your style icon?

Oh no – my wife will cringe when she sees this question.  I’m an artist, so most days you will find me in a T-shirt and ripped jeans. I guess that means my style icon is The Ramones.

Your favorite up and coming artist?

An artist who’s work puts a smile on my face often is Todd Bienvenu.

What is your most treasured possession?

A 30” x 80” painting of “Dinosaurs” my son did when he was 4.  I had that canvas stretched for 10 years hoping to be inspired to paint something that big. Finally thinking a still life painter can’t go that big, I let him go at it.  Funny thing is – I paint larger than that all the time now!

 What are you reading?

My good friend, Scott Fraser, is in the final stages of monograph of his artwork with his publisher and I had the honor of interviewing him for that publication.  So, I’ve been reading his pre-publication essays for this forthcoming book.

What are you listening to?

Old Crow Medicine Show’s “50 Years of Blonde on Blonde”

 What are your favorite blogs / publications?

I tend to listen to podcasts when I work.  One go to is Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.

Check out his amazing portfolio on his website and follow Robert on Instagram too:

REMINDER  & plea for your help in the Annie Selke & Apartment Therapy Design Challenge:

Voting kicked off July 6th and is taking place on Annie Selke’s Instagram. The voting period will last for two weeks and end on July 20th, so make sure to spread the word with your friends and family and encourage them to vote. I would be ever so grateful.

Simply follow @AnnieSelke on Instagram and vote away! The ten designs that receive the most votes will win and move on to production. You can learn more about the challenge here.

Positano: The beautiful blues of the Italian sea translated through a detail of marbled paper.  

To vote click HERE and double tap to like the image. 

Milan: Chic diagonal stripes reminiscent of high fashion on Milan (this could be done in various color ways) 

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