Woodward returns to Jacksonville to share art

Woodward returns to Jacksonville to share art

Painter studied under Marion ‘Billie’ Scott

By Kelly M. Gross
Director, Strawn Art Gallery

The Art Association of Jacksonville is pleased to welcome Jamie Woodward to The David Strawn Art Gallery, 331 W. College Ave. in Jacksonville. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 4 from 6-8 p.m., with a “Gallery Talk” by the artist at 6:30 p.m.

The opening reception and gallery hours are free and open to the public.

Jamie Woodward, formerly from Jacksonville, now lives in Parsons, Kansas. He was mentored by long-time Jacksonville High School art instructor Marion “Billie” Scott, then furthered his artistic studies at Illinois College by immersing himself in drawing, printmaking (etching) and ceramics.

Recently, Woodward has discovered that he looks at our world through a unique lens that extends to his paintings. Woodward says that a 35-year career in commercial printing heightened his awareness of the world around him and how he perceives it. This period of his life prepared him for the personal commitment required to evolve as a dedicated painter, testing his abilities and nurturing them to allow a natural painting process to evolve and to freely explore the images that interest him.

Woodward’s goal is to achieve a painted image that contains the essence of realism with an impressionistic component, while also including consistency, reduction, value and personal style.

The body of paintings exhibit at The David Strawn Art Gallery is the result of continuously testing his abilities as an artist and developing a style that has naturally evolved over time with personal dedication which allowed him to develop naturally as an artist.

Gallery hours for March 5-26 are Sundays from 1-3 p.m. and Tuesday-Saturday from 4-6 p.m.

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