Born in Mexia, TX on Oct. 8, 1900, Jackson grew up on a ranch near Dallas. After entering Texas A & M University as an architecture student, he soon opted for an art career. He continued his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. In the summer of 1923 he made his first trip to Mexico and established a studio near Guadalajara. While there, he was greatly influenced by Rivera and Orozco. From that time on Mexican motifs dominated his art.
The classic Ramona
by Helen Hunt Jackson is amply illustrated with his work. In 1928 he moved north to San Diego where he would remain. He received his M.A. degree from USC and taught at San Diego State College from 1930 until retirement
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Southern California Artists
(Nancy Moure); Creative Art, Oct. 1927; American Art Annual
1933; Who's Who in American Art
1936-73; Artists of the American West
(Samuels); Plein Air Painters
(Ruth Westphal); San Diego Tribune, 3-5-1995 (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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