The Painted Skull Studio features the art of local artists David McDougall and James Jackson. For information on James Jackson and his art, please click here.
I have always had a compulsion to make things with my hands; wooden boats, ships in bottles, unusual picture frames. Seeing interesting and beautiful objects inspires me to create my own art, particularly paintings and drawings. I strive to combine formal elements including color, composition, and light to create an enticing visual statement.
In choosing subjects that are interesting and dynamic, I try to create pieces that invite the viewer to participate in the experience. My frames that house my paintings are strong partners in the visual combination of picture and architecture. I select local and unique woods to construct my frames.
Most of my paintings are acrylic on board, but I supplement my art with charcoal, pastel, chalk, watercolor, and oil paint in various combinations. For the last ten years my work has been based on my experiences as a fly fishing guide, painting mostly riverscapes and fishing clients.
'More recently, I have been painting and drawing bison. They are a dynamic and powerful icon and link to the past. I try to capture their wildness in my work. Also I find myself working with minimum brush and stroke work. I take inspiration from ancient pictograph and petroglyphs. Currently, I'm working on some interior scenes inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. Brightly colored with loose, line work.