Watercolor Oasis • Agua Caliente Ranch House Gallery Exhibition • 3/21/2020-4/22/2020

With a goal to inspire others to explore the raw beauty of nature, artist Teressa Jackson captures the charm and color of the desert experience through stylized realism.

Watercolor Oasis

I was honored to be selected to show my artwork in a solo exhibition at Agua Caliente Park’s Ranch House Gallery in Tucson, Arizona, from March 21 to April 22, 2020. The title of this exhibition will be Watercolor Oasis. I have 88 linear feet of gallery space to fill. I was one of ten artists to be selected to show at this venue in 2020.

This page features the artwork I am reserving for that exhibition. Additional pieces will be included as they are completed and as my show nears. Of course, seeing these paintings in person in a gallery space is far different from looking at them on a computer screen, so please plan to visit my show, too, if you are able!

Watercolor Oasis
Exhibition Catalogue

“Date Night”
20x16”, Watercolor on 300 lb. Fabriano cold press watercolor paper

“Return to Goblin Valley”
12x16”, Watercolor on 140 lb. Arches cold press watercolor paper

“Spirit Master”
20x20”, Watercolor on 300 lb. Arches cold press watercolor paper

“Dream Home de Chelly”
12x12”, Watercolor on Aquabord

“Sunday Afternoon in the Park”
20x16”, Watercolor on Aquabord

“Southern Sentinel”
16x12”, Watercolor on Aquabord

“Old Pueblo Oasis”
12x16”, Watercolor on 140 lb. Arches cold press watercolor paper

“Prelude to the Pursuit”
11x14”, Watercolor on Aquabord

“The Birthday Party”
20x16”, Watercolor on Aquabord

Artist’s Statement

Safety and magic rarely intersect. I am often cautioned against hiking alone, but I never lack company when in the presence of saguaros, hoodoos, mountains, trees, and bees. The moments I spend by myself in nature are as important as the paint I use to coat my brushes, filling me with beauty, inspiration, wonder, and peace. Back in the studio, photographs never quite capture the enchantment or grandeur of my experience. My personal challenge as an artist is to create scenes that convey my perception of the world and transport the viewer to that magnificent moment made permanent.

About the Artist

Teressa Lynn Jackson was born in Enid, Oklahoma, and grew up in the Louisville, Kentucky, suburb of New Albany, Indiana. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Bellarmine University in 1998. Following graduation, Ms. Jackson spent a summer studying Byzantine mosaics and frescoes in Italy with the State University of New York.

Ms. Jackson enjoyed a fulfilling 15-year career in the Louisville-area not-for-profit sector prior to returning to her creative roots. In fall 2016, Teressa sold her home and most of her possessions and spent a year traveling, connecting with beautiful places and experiences and using those adventures to inform and relaunch her lifelong need to create. In late 2017, Teressa and her husband made their new home in the Sonoran Desert. Ms. Jackson’s work has been shown in a number of juried and non-juried art exhibitions over the past twenty-five years, and she has been the recipient of several awards for her artwork.

A full artist curriculum vitae can be viewed on my “About the Artist” page.

My Artwork - November 2017

My studio

I'm settling into my apartment, routine, and new studio space (a.k.a. my dining area) here in Tucson. The apartments where we're living are quiet, have nice scenery, and lots of patio space to enjoy fresh air and sunsets (my favorite!). I've discovered a multi-use path that crosses nearby, and have been enjoying starting my days along the Cañada del Oro Wash, admiring the desert plant and animal life that call it home. The quails, roadrunners, and hummingbirds are some of my personal favorites. I never thought I would be intrigued by birds, but they are so different from those we saw back home in Louisville. Or, maybe I'm just getting old.

Hard at work packaging up those new greeting cards!

Last month, I talked about being excited by the opportunity to make some larger pieces of art, and a commission helped me deliver on that promise already. I was honored to help commemorate one of the most special moments in a friend's life, the day she got engaged on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. I sure hope that her fiancé is wowed by her thoughtful and creative Christmas gift. I certainly stressed enough over it!

I also rolled out a new product - variety packs of blank greeting cards. I have currently two "themes" - my Teressa's Trek cards are landscapes from my adventures over the past year, and my Reverse Mermaid cards feature those whimsical friends I recently began dreaming up. They are all professionally printed on high-quality paper that makes them closely resemble the originals. I'm very pleased with the work that the printing company did on these. I also whipped up a special custom design for a friend to use for her Christmas cards this year. I love it when people come to me with their fun and creative ideas.

I sure hope that all my friends out there had a fantastic Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a peaceful holiday season. It should be pretty low-key for us here, considering we still know pretty much no one in the area. For our Thanksgiving, I was super excited to find an authentic Chinese restaurant serving up piles of dumplings near the University of Arizona (go eat at China Pasta House now), and those were a perfect substitute for turkey in my opinion. Later in the day, I made empañadas. It was a day of stuffing ourselves with stuffed foods. How fitting! 

Unfortunately, with the number of gift commissions featured on my art wrap-up this month (7 of the 9), I am a little afraid to share this post very widely and spoil any surprises. I guess I'll hit the "publish" button and hope someone out there in cyber land finds it and reads it. :-) 

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Saltese, Montana: 6/5/17, 19:01:31

Tulum, Mexico: 8/10/17, 11:14:31

The Isle of Slye

Sarah's Dolphin

Case's Sea Turtle

Beaver Tail Prickly Pear