Tim Jackson

Background

I grew up on a family farm in a small town in upstate NY, where through hard work, I acquired a great many practical skills and a work ethic that has served me well as I continue into my career. After graduating from high school I started a computer science program at a local community college, quickly discovered that was not for me I ended up graduating with an associate degree in individual studies. During this time, I first started getting into art. I started making small garden sculptures the summer I graduated from high school and ended up taking a few photography classes while at college. Over the next few years while helping run my part of my family business I continued to make sculptures, eventually buying a small piece of land and building my workshop. I gradually became involved with my local arts council and eventually became a member of the board of directors. After getting more involved in the arts, I decided what I wanted to go back to school for. Perusing a degree in digital and studio arts at Oneonta. While at school I was able to gain access to a wide arrangement of new tools and processes. Learning how to cast bronze, run CNC laser and plasma machines, and being exposed to new ways of approaching art. Participating in several juried shows and receiving art-based scholarships I could see that my artwork was quickly improving. I graduated in the spring of 2020 with a BFA from SUNY Oneonta. Over the next few years, I focused on my passion for teaching art and worked through an education program. I completed my student teaching at Chenango Vally High school and Newark Vally Middle School in the spring of 2022. I just completed my master's through Adelphi University where I received a MA in Art Education.

 

Education 

 

Master of Arts in Art Education                                 Adelphi University      2022      GPA 3.97

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital & Studio Art                SUNY Oneonta         2020      GPA 4.0

Associates in Individual Studies                                SUNY Broome          2013       GPA 3.5

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

  ―  Henry David Thoreau

Artist Statement 

Like everyone, my life has been a constant search for balance, and this holds true for my artwork. Whether the piece looks balanced or seems to defy gravity, I find myself challenging the perceptions of what seems natural and what appears to be impossible. My work leads me to experiment with the relationships of objects and their interactions both on the page and with the environment. I find that there is a particularly important connection between sculpture and the world around it. The perception of an object can often change as easily as it can be moved. There is great satisfaction in the pull of attention that sculpture provides. When I bring aspects of balance and motion into my work, I feel it creates a deeper connection to the observer while grounding it in the real world. There is a curiosity in all of us to constantly search for a deeper understanding of all things. Tapping into that curiosity, and challenging it satisfies my own needs and leads me to new ideas with greater potential. As I continue to create, I hope to further explore these relationships by adding more aspects of motion and balance to my work.

 

Personal Artwork Development 

• 2005 Elementary school Mask Project
     The first artwork that I saved for myself.

• 2010 High school personal sketchbook
     Fist cohesive collection of self-generated artwork. 

• 2012 Tim’s Junk Art begins, and the first artwork sold

     Start of building my skills and concerted push into making art.

• 2013 Community college photography classes.

     First experience with digital art and formal photography training.

• 2015 Bought land and started work on my workshop

     Build my own creative space dedicated to creating. 

• 2017 Board of Tioga Arts Council

     Increased involvement with the local art community

• 2018 Started Art school at SUNY Oneonta

     New forms of media and dedicated more time to making art.

• 2019 Best sculpture for Ever Upwards in ELEDA regional show

     First artwork in a new and expanding direction 

• 2019 BFA Application and Acceptance

     Recognition and increased dedication to creating art

• 2020 Solo show Unpacking Constructs
     The culmination of my artwork created in art school

My Creative Process 

  •  Clean  

    • Workspace, studio workshop, quiet place to think.

  •  Schedule

    • Complete needed tasks, make a to-do list, etc.…

  • Clear your mind

    • Remove distractions, and bring attention to the moment.

  •  Inspiration

    • Start sketching or looking over previous work or ideas.

  • Idea

    • Find your idea and start planning.

  • Define

    • Establish your process and think through materials, methods, and restraints.

  • Materials

    • Gather your materials and adjust the process to fit or overcome.

  • Parts

    • Start prepping materials, construct the base, and find, or make missing parts.

  • Assemble  

    • Start putting the pieces together and solve any problems that arise.

  • Reflect  

    • Observe your constructed form and make any final changes.

  • Finish

    • Start applying your finish, create a patina, or seal the work

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