Brushes with Life Artist Profile
Robert Kwami Jackson
Hello. I am Robert Kwami Jackson. I grew up in Raleigh, NC. My hands were (severely) burned at the age of three. I became interested in art by copying pictures out of magazines at the kitchen table at my grandmother’s house after school.
I was about seven or eight when I saw a painting by Pablo Picasso called “Guernica.” At that exact moment I said to myself, “I can do that.” Whether I could or couldn’t I believed that I could and, from that moment on, I became an artist.
From childhood to early adolescence I did nothing but sketches; art with no color, no painting, not even shading with pencils. This was not my intention but I do believe this established my art style. That later transformed over into my paintings.
At age nineteen, I found myself studying commercial art. I didn’t finish school but I did learn how to paint, which I have been doing for sixteen years. I don’t know it all but I know enough to get by. I’m still learning, which makes it exciting. Experiences and life play a major part in it as well as spirituality, and keeping a peaceful mind.
Brushes with Life has been the first gallery to show my body of work. Although I’m getting older, my dream is to become a teacher of art and a famous artist.