Featured Artist Dee Jackson

Australian artist Dee Jackson presents her beautiful portfolio of watercolour portraits. Visit her website for more information.


Sweet Baby

“Sweet Baby” Watercolour, 28 cm x 38 cm


I love painting watercolour portraits. It is the way the medium ebbs and flows and creates its own mark. I may guide the paint, but often I feel that my portraits create themselves.



“Judy” Watercolour, 70 cm x 90 cm


Each painting emerges differently. Sometimes a portrait appears quickly and simply with soft washes and few strokes, or I may build up the image, over time, with layers of watercolour glazes.


Birthday Boy

“Birthday Boy” Watercolour, 60 cm x 55 cm


My portrait paintings, however, are always based on a good drawing. I especially enjoy the slight imbalance of each drawing and the way we each see a subject differently.



“Emerging” Watercolour, 50 cm x 50 cm


I always try to find that unguarded, sometimes fleetingly human side of my subject and may see some essence or trait in a person’s face that illustrates their lively character.


The Path of Least Resistance

“The Path of Least Resistance” Watercolour, 120 cm x 90 cm


With a baby or child, all I can ever hope to show is the love and the joy of their family. It is a way of preserving memories and capturing life’s special moments.



“Charles” Watercolour, 75 cm x 55cm


When painting an older adult, I imagine how their family may like to remember them. Occasionally, I  choose to soften the face a little or at other times I will emphasize the strongly etched facial lines of a sitter.


Tony Kentuck Cartoonist

“Tony Kentuck Cartoonist” Watercolour, 95 cm x 87 cm


For commissions, I often use photographs as a reference as I may not even meet the sitters. The majority of my commissioned work is sourced via the web.



“Molly” Watercolour, 55 cm x 75 cm


However, I would always prefer to meet my portrait subjects, whenever possible, and spend time with them. I may pass only a few hours with a sitter; however, I believe that knowing as much about their lives, hopes and dreams always informs the portrait.



“Smile” Watercolour, 28 cm x 38 cm


As an artist, I realise that we all approach portraiture individually and I always base my watercolour portraits on a good drawing. However, I believe that superimposing a photograph over a portrait can often result in a soulless interpretation – creating a physically perfect yet somehow “dead” portrait.


Tony Bonner In the Frame

“Tony Bonner In the Frame” Watercolour, 120 cm x 90 cm


I participate in a weekly portrait group.  Some of us paint with oils, some use pastels or acrylics, others sketch with charcoal or graphite, and I use watercolour. I am always amazed and excited by the different outcomes from that workshop. We all see our subject differently. Vive la difference!


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