Watson, Jesse Joshua

Community: Port Townsend
Phone: 360-316-6549
Email: mail@jessewatson.com
Website: jessewatson.com
Media: painting

Artist Statement

I use my brush to tell the stories of the faces and places I paint. My mission is to absorb the essence of people and cultures and then to capture them in paint in such a meaningful way that they live on for the ages. I consider my art form to be a sacred and playful process and I continually search for the balance between likeness and energy.


Jesse Joshua Watson is a story teller. His fine art draws on narrative throughout the bodies of work. He is also the illustrator of more than thirty children's books and is the author and illustrator of his book, Hope for Haiti, with which Jesse was fortunate enough to have gone to Haiti after the earthquake, using the book to bring awareness and support to the Haitian people.

Jesse's artwork has been exhibited in galleries, cafes, nightclubs, libraries, a museum, and on his parents' refrigerator. He was awarded Grand Prize Winner in 2005 and finalist in 2006 at the international Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators New York Showcase, juried by art directors from major publishing houses. He has also shown at the Society of Illustrators Gallery in New York, in which two pieces won Honorable Mention during juried contests.

Jesse lives with his wife and sons in Washington. In addition to writing and illustrating books, exhibiting fine art and teaching art to kids, Jesse plays music occasionally, soccer religiously, and surfs the chilly NW waters as often as he can, which, as you probably guessed...is not nearly enough.

Gallery Affiliations

See website for exhibit history

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