Jayne Reid Jackson
medium: graphic art
portal wisconsin featured artist
maoas participant 2007
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My work as a printmaker-etcher is focused mainly on the still life image. I love the act of drawing and the print becomes the next step to study line, shape, color and depth. It is deliberate and instinctive.
For the mezzotints and etchings, I work on copper plates and incise the image into the copper with sharp tools and acids. The plates are inked, the surface wiped clean and printed on damp paper under tremendous pressure. Traditionally, mezzotint is done in black and white, but I have taken some of these images and reworked them in color to create a color state. The color etchings require a well-thought-out plan for several plates which are worked in conjunction with each other.
My monotypes rely on layers of ink washes and a confident hand. They must be carefully composed ahead of time but the result is more spontaneous. The initial drawing is placed under the clear plate to which I apply the ink. The ink is transferred onto paper with the use of a press.
Even though I work mainly with still life, the emphasis is always on the light. I like the interplay of the objects with each other and their environment. Sometimes my intent is to pull the objects out of their surroundings and emphasize depth, and sometimes I like to emphasize the overall surface pattern and work the object into its background.
Jayne was born and raised in the Milwaukee area and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pursuing her art through various classes and commissions, she joined a private print workshop, AGB Graphics, and began work in intaglio and monotype. In 2004 she opened her home studio and is most widely known for her mezzotints.
Her work has been consistently accepted into national and international print shows and she is a member of several print societies across the US and local art organizations.
She is represented by the Grace Chosy Gallery in Madison and the Peltz Gallery in Milwaukee. Her work can be viewed on her website at www.jaynereidjackson.com.