Alison Watt Jackson is an artist, photographer, silk painter, writer, poet, vegetarian, certified massage therapist, intuitive, part time clinician, and volunteer with The Marine Mammal Center.
From her mesmerizing large abstract paintings that display vibrant silk dyes to the soft muted hues of her flowing silk scarves - AWJ’s pieces are as diverse as the world they inhabit. Fine art abstract, documentary, and still life best exemplify her photography themes, yet she is forever experimenting with new techniques and subject matter.
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Women of the Earth (
The goal of this portfolio is to emphasize the synchronicity that inherently exists between women, nature and the world, using shape, form, beauty and light to express this symbiotic relationship. Unlike many traditional displays of female nudes, my intention is not to exploit or exaggerate the body.
Most all objects that were selected and photographed in the series have some personal significance and I often use images taken from my garden. As both the photographer and subject in my new portfolio, I find myself simultaneously in an exciting creative era exploring uncharted territory. Artistically speaking it is a rewarding opportunity to express myself in the “first person,” as a woman who is one with the earth.
"The Garden Within"
"My Special Place"
Not Tucked Away (
Color Portfolio (2008). Nowadays with digital photography, it is rare for me to find an image of mine I prefer in color as opposed to my beloved black and white. There are a few photographs however that just has to be seen in color for obvious reasons. I strive to find things to document that have meaning to me, or that may otherwise go unnoticed, thus sometimes creating a beautiful thing out of something rather ordinary. Sometimes a photograph may happen as I am walking down the street, and other times it is an idea that has been in my subconscious for quite some time but comes to fruition at just the right moment. That is why it is so important for me to simultaneously pay attention to my world and my own creative instincts.
Zug Alley - 5/2007
This image was taken while walking the side streets of
. Zug, SwitzerlandI saw an entrance to an alley way which naturally made me curious to knowwhere it lead.As I walked into the alley and saw the stairway ahead of me leadingto an old church, I was immediately fascinated by the bright light shiningin the stairwell and through the side windows.It was in the middle of theday and no one was anywhere to be seen - and it was a gift to walk downthis alley and just to watch the glow.What also caught my eye were the angles and geometric patterns,inherently I have always been drawn to triangles and angular patterns.
Rice Field Irrigation - 1/05
I was traveling with three friends to Southeast Asia for a month and
happened to be in
Northern Vietnamwhen I took this photograph.
, many of the agricultural fields (in this case rice fields) California
are located next to main industrial roads. I was amazed by the timing and
skill of these two individuals and couldn't begin to imagine their task at hand.
I was also mesmerized by their reflections.