Miriam Jackson: Impressions from a month In Israel
Art has always been, it seems like the most acceptable, form of expression. It is my primary language, a method of survival. I took a once a week class from Scott Lesh in Madison Wisconsin for a couple years in high school, but otherwise never formally took any painting classes, and am self taught. I have been living in San Pedro for the past five year.
A self-taught painter, based in San Pedro, Miriam Jackson has spent a lifetime of painting. Jackson grew up with a Japanese mother and atheist Jewish father in Los Angeles, Germany and Wisconsin, receiving a B.A. From Oberlin College in Visual Arts and continued on to study motorcycle mechanics at Wyoming tech. This upbringing has influenced the context of which Jackson’s paintings are informed. Primarily, the work draws inspiration from landscape as it speaks of the civilization that has come to be, from the perspective of simultaneously being insider and outsider.