Life’s Funny Sometimes: An art-to-art talk with still life painter Robert C. Jackson

“Art imitates life, and nowhere is this more true than in still life paintings, in which artists arrange commonplace items like fruit and flowers, bread and wine, and the occasional dead animal on a table and use trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) techniques to achieve a 3D effect. A former electrical engineer from Kingston, NC, Kennett-based Robert C. Jackson cut his teeth as a self-taught artist painting those traditional, subdued, and somewhat somber subjects. But that got boring, so he put his own spin on still life: colorful vintage soda crates stand-in for a table, and Oreos and milk for bread and wine. His “dead animals” are balloon dogs, collectible figurines, or a goofy stuffed chicken, what he calls nostalgic bits of Americana…”

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