The Telling Image: Art Exhibit at Bainbridge Public Library

September 1st ~ 26th, 2010

The Telling Image: Art of the Book

"Spin a yarn with words and you are a storyteller. Spin straw into gold and you are either in a fairy tale or you are an artist. As a children’s book author and illustrator I weave words and images together to tell a tale. The art that I make for a book unfolds a visual narrative.

My goal is to illuminate the text but also to reveal subtleties in the story which may not even have been mentioned.

Inspiration comes from dreams and from that calm land of elixir between waking and dreaming. Music, hope, and longing also seem to stitch themselves into each piece of art that I make.

I love to experiment and play with a wide variety of materials to find the right visual accompaniment for each story. The paintings in this exhibit show a range of medium: oil, egg tempera, sumi ink and acrylic. The Boy Who Went Ape is about a boy and chimpanzee who switch places during a school field trip to the zoo and library. Such a wacky story begged to be painted on elephant dung paper.

I hope these images tell you some of their secrets."
Richard Jesse Watson

Join Richard for an art reception and presentationFriday, September 3rd
5:00- 7:00 P.M.
Presentation begins at 6:00 P.M.

Bainbridge Public Library
1270 Madiso
n Ave
Bainbridge Island, Washington