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Jackson is an international award winning photographer, designer, fine artist and writer from the United States. He currently resides in Dubai where he is a member of the Emirates Photography Club (EPyC). In the past few years, he has been shooting images for a 13 month calendar. HDR, industrial, abstracts, portraits, fine art imagery are some of the ways Jackson compels the viewer into his images to tell the story he saw through the lens.
Jackson has rarely shown any of his new work publicly in the past 10 years due to work demands. He has finally chosen smugmug.com in which to debut some of these works and call smugmug.com home.
Jackson is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. He lived his early part of childhood in a small community named Freetown. A community on the West Side of Greenville that derived its namesake as a community that was established by freed slaves in Upstate, South Carolina.
Jackson took notice of his drawing ability at a very young age. While most kids were doodling and just making marks on paper he was drawing comic book characters with an incredible likeness.
Jackson's grandfather, T.C. Hawthorne, Sr., helped mold his view of the world as a place of unnoticed art filled with hidden shapes and wonderful imagery. His grandfather, who also was an artist, received his degree through the mail while balancing the role as a father of four, grandfather of nine and a blue collar SC mill worker with several side jobs to make ends meet.
Jackson began perfecting his talent before he started the first grade. His interest in art kept him focused from a small child through adolescence. He knew he would be an artist. So while balancing the scales of school, friends, peer pressure and just being a normal kid; Jackson has been perfecting his talent for 35 years. That's not including the guidance that he received from his grandfather, T.C. Hawthorne, Sr. before Jackson began attending school.
Jackson's always knew that he wanted to make a mark on the world and realized that art was the way to achieve this goal. So, while in high school, Jackson also attended a Donaldson Career Center majoring in Graphic Communications. This course proved to incredibly valuable by opening up other ways to pursue a career in the arts. After graduating high school, Jackson became a Certified Graphic Artist. Because of his excellent abilities and wonderful work ethic, Jackson received scholarships to further his studies in the arts. Jackson obtained his Associates of the Arts Degree majoring in Commercial Arts from International Fine Arts College in Miami, Florida.
During his college years and afterwards; Jackson worked successfully as a freelance artist, a South Beach modeling agency and also the Miami Heat in Florida for few years before moving back to South Carolina.
Jackson comprised an idea to form an artist group that would allow artists to network with fellow artists. The main goal was to spread the wealth of information and opportunities that are in the art world for artists that aren't in the usual art circles. This idea created, EXODUS-The Artist Collective. Over the span of 15 years, Exodus Artists had nationally recognized exhibitions in galleries, museums, across the United States.
Jackson considers himself to be a maverick when it comes to the arts; always pushing the envelope with the way art should be presented and marketed. Jackson's work isn't characterized by a particular style; but by a mood. When you see his use of beautiful complimentary colors, creativeness, smooth application and great work technique; you feel his art as well. Jackson states, “With my paintings I try to achieve a visual delight for the senses. The type of artwork that you can just look at endlessly and never grow tired of it... Like a visual enigma, that has you always looking for the key of why you are drawn in by my artwork. In essence, I think that my artwork really reflects my mood at times, so I paint to release whatever it is that I feel. This to me equals pulchritude."
Jackson has stated, "There are things that I haven't done as of yet but would like to create the opportunity to do. Such as create an advertising agency consortium of freelancers, do more international exhibits in Europe, shoot CD covers for music artists and eventually open my own fine art gallery showcasing talents of new international artist from around the globe. To me, it's just a matter of time."