About - r9jackson
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I am an artist and photographer with more than twenty years of experience in the photographic arts, I started out in the film era developing my own black and white and color slides in a home darkroom in Tempe, Arizona. My nature and fine art images reflect my travels throughout the American Southwest with extensive photo excursions in Arizona, New Mexico and California. My Color images capture the brilliant greens and blues of nature, while my black and white images feature strong contrast utilizing variations of the zone system to present tack-sharp subjects starting in the camera. Many of my black and white collections are finished in a palladium tint that harkens back to the golden years of photography.

I am a member of the WHAM Art Association, West Valley Arts Council, Vanguard Artists and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. My photography is influenced by teaching photographers Bob and Dawn Davis, Scott Kelby, David Ziser, David Muench (and Arizona Highways) and, naturally, Ansel Adams.

If you want to purchase my art or photographs please click on "FINE ART AMERICA" on the menu on the left to call up my fine art store or you can purchase a variety of prints and mediums on this web site.

My formal education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration. With a career steeped in technology, I utilize many technologies and techniques to bring my own creative touch to the images captured with my camera. My studio/office is in Surprise, Arizona.

Original Hand-painted Acrylic Painting Over a Giclée Canvas-wrapped Photographic Print

My paintings start with one of my original photographs that are then developed using my specific style to great standards of composition, detail and sharpness. The image is then processed with various software products to change into a more painterly vision. I first simplify the detail of the photograph to capture the essence of the scene and then I intensify the colors and create brush strokes. This file is then produced as a Giclée print on its final medium. I then add layers of acrylic paint or medium to exaggerate the brush strokes and impart an impasto effect to my paintings that exude a third dimension.

The term "Giclée print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital files and printed with archival quality inks onto artist’s canvas or fine art photographic paper. The Giclée printing process provides great color accuracy and saturation as an archival process and forms the base for the next artistic step. I then hand paint details and accents on the canvas or mounted print with acrylic mediums using paint brushes and palette knives.

The resulting brush strokes emphasize the lines and form of the original photograph. This method creates an original one-of-a-kind piece of art. There will be no two paintings that are alike. I sign and date each original painting and provide documentation about the painting that is attached to the back of the painting.
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