Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225  

Allison Watson

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My objective as a painter is to represent vanishing and endangered wild places as places that we must protect. I draw on my experiences canoeing, kayaking and hiking in remote areas for inspiration and for reference photography. Since I began painting as a small child, my ambition was to create images of the natural world, either as the landscapes that I am currently painting or the images of birds, botanicals or shells and fish that I painted in the past. I represent the subject naturally, without addition of unnatural vegetation or color.

I believe that an artist should paint what they know and paint what they love, thus it is often possible to understand much about an artist by looking at their work. The beauty and mystery of wild Florida and all natural environments has intrigued me for as long as I can remember.

As with most landscape painters, my relationship with nature is on a spiritual level. I would like my work to convey not only the beauty of the land, but its fragility and it’s important to human kind.

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Allison Watson

Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens