INSPIRATION: ALAN JACKSON

Inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere and today we get to share what inspires spring artist, Alan Jackson.

AGNES MARTIN

There is perfection in drafting; in geometry; in numbers.” -Agnes Martin

BARNETT NEWMAN

“Aesthetics is for the artist like ornithology is for the birds.” -Barnett Newman

BAROQUE AND CLASSICAL MUSIC AND JAZZ

Baroque/Classical and Jazz all remind me to enjoy what I do and to sometimes feel euphoric about it.

MARTIAL ARTS

My teachers inspire me to never stop learning and to pay attention to the details.  My training partners inspire me to be precise, effective and to challenge myself.  Aikido has taught me to be observant but not to be distracted by the obvious. Some things are hidden in plain sight.  Taiji has taught me to study how to relax. True relaxation is much more difficult than one would expect. It has also taught me to invest in failure because that’s when unlearning and learning occur.

ARCHITECTURE

left to right, Pliny’s Villa, Leon Krier, Villa Mairea, Alvar Alto, Atlantis, Leon Krier

Through my training as an architect, drafting was part of the daily process. I enjoy the care and meticulousness of drafting and creating something by hand.  The idea for many compositions developed from an effort to combine drafting and freehand drawing.   Each piece is conceived and initiated with a set of limitations while the final execution is intended to be a spontaneous, and creative semi-automatic process allowing for progression and innovation within the limitations. The emphasis is on executing each line with precision.

Influences include Louis Kahn, the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and the theorist Leon Krier.  Each of their drawing styles inspire me to focus on how a line is executed.

 FRIENDS AND FAMILY

My father taught me to work hard and enjoy family. I honor his memory by enlisting my grandkids to collaborate with me long distance on art projects. We send sketchbooks back and forth. I’m inspired by their contributions.

My friend since childhood Harold Daughtry taught me to appreciate fine art and to guard against mediocrity. My memories of him give me the courage to discard work and the strength to start over.  My good friend Allan Wendt inspires me through conversation and his commitment to his art.  My family inspires me.  My wife Pat and sons Patrick and Daniel inspire me. They have always been supportive while being patient, and provide a sense of humor when they sense it is needed.

WALKING AND DRIVING

Walking inspires me to periodically look at each piece of work with fresh eyes and not get complacent.  Driving the back roads or taking a trip has the same affect.  It provides an opportunity to step away and be objective.

Alan Jackson is one of the Spring Season artists.

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