Carrie Jackson is an internationally collected American artist, creator and visionary. Carrie currently works with ABC & Disney to create artwork for a variety of film and television sets. Carrie came from a background of very little means and she initially began creating artwork as an escape from her own life’s harsh realities. As a child, Carrie created many of her own toys and games out of necessity and often entertained herself and others with her stories and creations. Carrie lived in a world of her own imagination and this developed a strong sense of creativity, innovation and invention in her life. Carrie Jackson comes from a mixed heritage of Jewish, Cherokee and Czech and and she was educated at home. Carrie spent much of her youth traveling with her family living a nomadic lifestyle; Carrie has lived all over the U.S. from the East coast, to the West coast, having moved well over 20 times and counting. Through Carrie’s travels she was exposed to a wide variety of different cultures, environments and concepts that have helped shape and influence many of her views visible in her artwork. Some of the more interesting environments that impacted Carrie Jackson’s art, include living on a film set during production of a movie in California and meeting and staying with legendary stuntman Bob Yerkes (known for his work on movies like “Back to the Future”, “Star Wars:Episode VI” and “Hook”). Carrie actually earned and received Bob Yerkes’ official “Stuntmans Association” badge from Bob, during his training of the actor Jeff Cohen, (the character Chunk) for the movie “Goonies”. During Carrie’s time living on the film set she met many different actors, artists and media professionals who helped open her artistic eyes and broaden her vision to the world of arts. Carrie has had many encounters with film from both sides of the camera. As a young girl Carrie Jackson appeared on a talk show alongside Dale-Evans Rogers (Roy Rogers’s wife), sang in a commercial for a educational phonetics program, and appeared in a commercial for a family abuse hotline. It’s some of these experiences that really pushed Carrie out of her box, which can be seen clearly in her artwork. The professionalism, drama and beauty Carrie Jackson captures in her art are very apparent.
Carrie was born gifted with an innate artistic talent and possesses what art professionals know as “the eye”. At a very young age Carrie had the ability to create balanced compositions and harmonious color palates instinctively. Carrie was also born with an acute memory and observational skills, and always studied and memorized her surrounding environment. This capability greatly supported the rapid advancement of Carrie’s artistic gifting. She has a visual photographic memory especially when it comes to faces and colors. Early in Carrie Jackson’s life she understood how to draw, paint and create things just from looking at different images and objects. Carrie can look at an existing painting and mentally process every step needed to recreate it and she does so with amazing attention to detail. She can completely create a drawing or painting layer by layer in her “mind’s eye” first and then execute it flawlessly without ever having created it before. The way a musician “plays by ear”, Carrie “paints by mind”. Because of this ability she is a stunning replicant artist. Her study paintings and portraits are so close to the original images that most people cannot tell them apart. Growing up Carrie continued to do most of her drawing and painting in her “minds eye” instead of in reality or on paper or canvas. This caused Carrie’s artistic skills to appear to dramatically increase from one work of art to the next. For example at the age of sixteen one of Carrie’s now more well known drawings, “Portrait of Louie Armstrong” (published in 2008) was so advanced compared to anything she had previously drawn that most of her family and friends had a hard time believing she had created it. Her portraits and drawings are frequently mistaken for photographs. It was at the age of sixteen that Carrie first started taking her art seriously and began pursuing a career in the arts. Carrie has a rare gifting not only to create and capture amazing life-like details in her artwork but also to capture true emotion and depth. Most people comment and feel that her artwork somehow seems “alive”. Carrie has developed a hyper-realistic drawing technique often using a mixed media of graphite, ink and charcoal which has become one of her trademarks. Carrie enjoys painting primarily with acrylics and loves the flexibility this medium offers her. She personally feels the wide array of applications, techniques and versatility of acrylic paint are often overlooked in the art world. She has made it a personal artistic goal to push the acrylic medium to the limit in her work in order to truly showcase all that this medium has to offer. She has developed such control with acrylic paint that she is able manipulate it to appear as oil paint, watercolor or ink. Carrie has further developed a gamut of artistic abilities and works in a wide range of mediums, genre’s and styles. She has educated herself through experimentation and studying. She picks up new art forms very quickly, with ease and expertise. Carrie is truly a renaissance woman and has a wide variety of many different talents and interests. Carrie is now most passionate about painting and film but has developed extensive abilities in drawing, sculpting, woodworking, upholstery, interior design, graphic design, calligraphy, writing and more. Most of Carrie’s artistic ideas and inspirations come from her dreams but she is also very enthralled with life and nature and these subjects show up often in her artwork.
Carrie supports a wide variety of charities, organizations, and individuals through her artwork; she really enjoys giving back to others through her art. Carrie Jackson’s artwork has been shown and donated to both the Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington March of Dimes, Celebrity Chef Auctions to help raise awareness for their charitable efforts. Carrie also supports “The Big Box of Colors”, “My Father’s House Chidren’s Homes”, “Belfast Interface Project” and “KCM Relief Fund”. Carrie Jackson donates over ten percent of all of her earnings to good causes and enjoys donating or “sowing seeds” into people’s lives as well as donating her artwork to various charitable events annually.
In 2010 Carrie’s painting “The Other Side of the Fence” was internationally published as a book cover for “Crossing The Line”, a publication released in Belfast, Ireland. The book “Crossing The Line”, featuring Carrie’s painting was honored and released through a very special ceremony held in the parlor of the Lord Mayor of Ireland. In 2009, Carrie’s painting “A Fish Out of Water” aired on the national network television channel Ovation TV. Carrie’s painting was selected to be a part of a on air promotion that was broadcast to over 33 million cable systems nationwide. From 2008-2010 over eight of Carrie Jackson’s paintings, drawings and poetry have been published through various books, art magazines and educational materials. Her artwork has been juried into numerous art shows throughout the NW such as the Ocean Shores Fine Art Show in WA and the Lake Oswego Festival of Arts in Oregon. Carrie Jackson was juried into the Artists of the NW coffee table book, which was published in 2008. Carrie has won many awards for her outstanding artwork, including the Honorable Mention Award (Best in Show category) for her portrait of “Mandan Indian” from renowned Professor and artist, Robert Feasly. Carrie’s artwork is internationally sold and reproduced as canvas prints, signed limited edition prints, posters, greeting cards, clothing, calendars and more.
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Carrie is currently under contract with ABC and Disney and produces artwork for set designs for shows such as ‘Desperate Housewives’ and many other Disney Channel productions. She has her own greeting card line “Remarkable by Carrie Jackson” clothing line “Royal T Clothing Co” and runs her own gallery “Carrie Jackson Studios”. Some of Carrie Jackson’s new artistic adventures include working on illustrating and authoring several books, screenwriting and directing film. Originally a native Oregonian, Carrie currently resides in Southern California, where she produces artwork from her private studio.
“I enjoy creating bold artwork that moves people and I really want my work to entertain others the way motion pictures do. My heart’s desire is is that I leave my audience with an experience not just a visual. Most of the artwork I create I have seen in a dream, but I also pull a lot of inspiration from life and nature. I really pour my energy, my feelings and myself into every piece of art I create. I hope to leave a fingerprint of myself in my work. Because of this and the passion I put into my art, I believe my work holds a type of life and that this creates a special, personal experience between my artwork and my viewers. I like to keep my relationship between my artwork and myself pure and heartfelt. I create what I love, color, boldness and captivating scenes that I hope captivate others as well.”