Tell us about your artistic style?

I think of the camera as a paintbrush. I visit local galleries to be inspired by fine art in various mediums. In some ways, the camera is limited to capturing reality. Oftentimes, people tell me the finished piece looks better than it does in real life. With this in mind, I call my Style Enhanced Reality. By emphasizing light and shadow, at times, or color, I create a better version of what is captured on camera. With digital files, I may create various alterations of the same scene. Ultimately, each scene has a personality of its own to be featured I simply have to discover it.

Does creating art help you heal?

Yes. When my Mother passed away unexpectedly in July 2018 at 59 years old, I drew a line sketch representing my memory of her. She was an amazing Illustrator, but never desired to have her work exhibited. I wish I had her skill, but I do the best I can with my camera. I was hoping that she would see my work in a major gallery one day, but I couldn’t make that happen. Even when a gallery offered me space to exhibit, it was too expensive. If I would have had a better start to my adult life at 18 years old, I think I would have had a better chance.

What convinced you to join ARTDEX?

Over the years, I have added my work to several sites. ARTDEX is unique because much of the work leans towards the more traditional fine art style. It helps me to see how my work fits with this style because my collection is more contemporary.

When did you realize that you were an artist?

I had an interest in Fine Art most of my life. I hoped to draw as well as my Mother. In high school, I tried my hand at Illustration, painting, ceramics, and drafting. Yet, I did not pursue any of these mediums. In 2001, I began to teach myself 3D art in CorelDream 3D but was unable to master it. By 2006, I was teaching myself 3D animation and stills in Corel Bryce.

To learn more, please visit Eric Christopher Jackson’s ARTDEX Profile.

“I have found that expressing how I feel is presented best through my artwork. It is more difficult to talk about certain emotions. Art became a positive outlet for these feelings. I learned more about who I am as a person. It’s also a great way to talk about issues that are important to me without immediately starting an argument. Viewers have a chance to digest the work before discussing it. A picture can go beyond what words can say.”

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