Jethro Jackson has lived and worked all his life in Cornwall and is increasingly establishing a reputation for his strikingly evocative seascape paintings. Demonstrating a real affinity and empathy with his subject that radiates through his work, Jethro creates atmospheric and original paintings of the North Cornish coastline and landscape.
As Jethro writes, ‘I have always loved the remoteness and seclusion of certain parts of Cornwall. I find great satisfaction in the isolation and solitude of beaches that can only be accessed by foot. These “secret spots” take considerable effort to reach but are well worth the effort for upon doing so you reap the rewards of your labours. Dramatic cliff faces tumble and plunge to rocky outcrops, carved out through the years by the thundering Atlantic swells. Groups of Oyster Catchers search busily amongst rocks, dipping hungrily in and out of pools in their endless search for food. The sweet tang of the salt air stings the eyes and dries the face. Powerful waves suck up sand and pebbles from the ocean floor and dump them on the beach with loud and mighty thumps. This awakening and heightening of the senses is what pulls me back, time and time again, to paint or craft and transmit in to clay or on to canvas.’
Working on a series of sketches in oil pastels created in the landscape, Jethro’s paintings emerge from a combination of his sketches, photographs and personal memory, allowing him to add his own interpretation and connection to specific locations. Placing great emphasis on the importance on draftsmanship as his starting point, Jethro then allows the focus to shift towards the material quality of the paint itself. The effect is a collection of work which beautifully captures the sight, sound and feel of this much loved part of the British coastline.