I am an artist. My sanity sustains itself through my ability to thrive in the arts. Creating keeps me alive. I enjoy painting interesting people and often inspired by the weird. Typically I use acrylics on found materials such as windows, doors, or other layered surfaces. As long as I am painting and creating, I am one happy girl.
I was born in Dearborn, Michigan in the lovely year of 1980. My childhood was spent drawing, playing in the dirt, and genuinely having a good time. I have a younger brother Luke and an older sister Celeste. We are the children of the best known parents Pat and Lari Jackson.
At 15, I saved up to go to Europe for the first time, after that I knew traveling was going to be an important part of my life. After graduation (yes, I am skipping the teenage angst years mainly because they were straight depressing) I spent a few months in Europe seeing everything I wanted to see. At 19 I went to art school at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I met life long friends and learned a lot from the world, including the fact that I didn’t want to do graphic arts. Two years later, after a mental breakdown I dropped out and moved back to the great lakes. I hiked a few mountains, read dozens of books, and painted my heart out.
I am graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a double major in Fine Arts and African American Studies. In 2008, I volunteered in Africa for 2 months and it changed my life and views of everything around me. Soon after, I moved to the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. In August of 2008 I helped open a gallery called Three Birds Gallery at 1323 N. Milwaukee. I was the house artist, recruited local artists and curated their shows. Its was my dream job and it was a hard decision to say farewell. In September of 2011, I moved back to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Chicago never fully felt like “HOME” so I made the choice to come back and continue creating.
I am currently in the Art Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at Wayne State University. I work in the Art Ed/ Art Therapy Department at Wayne and hope to be finished with the program in the Summer of 2018. I moved to Dearborn Heights and own a strange little house that I love. I display my work in various places around Southeast Michigan and still curate 2-3 shows per year. I am still painting, still reading, and still inspired everyday.