Charlene Jackson

Experienced Writer Web Developer UI/UX Designer Researcher Artist


"Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist."



I've always enjoyed a plethora of art styles, genres, and forms. I'd be hesitant to describe myself as a connoisseur of anything, but I'm admittedly good at a lot of things and those things bring me joy. (Hey, sometimes it's impossible to describe something without a cliché-infused verbal cheeseball. Break out the fancy crackers.)

I've been effectively dabbling in photography for a few years now. I came across it entirely by accident when a photographer friend claimed I had an 'eye' for it. While I'm not entirely sure about having an eye for it, I do know that I have two eyes (thankfully) and can use them to grab decent images with a lens from time to time. My style is based primarily on solid composition of spacing and colour. Live music and theatre venues, nature, and animals (particularly cats) are my favourite subjects.

Where drawing is concerned, my style is primarily illustrative and the bulk of my influences come from the Silver Age of comic books (1956 – c. 1970) and the Nazarene movement of the early 19th century. In matters of actual approach, the act of reproduction has always given me a sort of thrill. Since I was a child, one of my favourite things to do has been to take the work of artists I admire (e.g., Al Rio; Sir John Tenniel) and reproduce their brilliance as closely as possible. There are many who claim this isn't 'creative,' but that's their opinion and they're certainly welcome to it. (I might make nasty faces at them when they're not looking, but they're still entitled to an opinion.) For me, however, studying the talent of others and using my own skills to try and better understand their approach is one of my favourite ways to apply myself in my artwork.

Below is a small sampling of my work. Note that there are only two photos of my cats. You have no idea how hard it was to not populate the whole thing with their fuzzy little mugs. (If that last sentence unnerves you, just pretend I didn't say it. I'm pretty sure that's the technique my mother's been using all these years and it seems to work for her.)