Most of us have felt at one time or another that we seem to be living with our work, unable to get away from it, to separate one life part from another. John Jackson literally dwells with his work. When practical concerns led to a decision to rent out the bedrooms in his home, John moved his king bed right into his bonus room studio. When I wake up in the morning, I often spend many minutes thinking about my photography and what I might do with it today. John simply rolls over and deals with the real thing. Going from easel to wall to floor, depending on the size of the canvas, no part of the space goes unused. One window sheds natural light and a dizzying combination of spots and lamps have wires snaking along ceiling, floor, and walls. Thick black tin foil, called cineflex, is positioned at either side of the canvas to keep the bright lights on the work and not in John’s eyes, a trick he learned from his lighting director dad. Yellow sticky notes cover one wall and have kudzued over to adjoining surfaces, filled with reminders, ambitions, and notions that include what and how he wants to paint, quotes from admired artists, possible titles and ideas for future paintings, and on and on. John’s finished pieces, larger than life works on huge canvases, are proof that the size of the work environment cannot limit the realization of the vision of a true artist.
From the artist: “I wasn't sure how I'd feel about being self contained all in one room. However, I found that I quite like waking up to the work from the previous night and literally living with my paintings and supplies. It keeps me connected, if in a sort of codependent relationship with them.”