I wasn't expecting a lesson in human psychology, art, and history when I visited Buddy Jackson in his studio, but I got all that. All these disciplines go into laying the foundation for his art and it was obvious to me, after a few minutes of conversion with him, that much, much thought goes into his work. It was inspiring to be able to talk with Buddy about his work, and an honor to photograph him making it.
Buddy's show will be up at the Rymer Gallery until November 1st. Do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in his paintings, sculpture, and photography. You'll be glad you did.
What is the theme of your work?
I am obsessed with the human form and the human condition. Regardless of medium, I always depict people, whether a more generic symbol of humanity, or a specific person. Expressing the emotions that we all share is a constant theme of my work.
What inspires your work?
I am inspired by the craft and skill of classic artists, from Rodin to Van Gogh. And emotion. As a lover of art, I can only relate on a heart/gut level to music, art, dance. I strive to open myself and allow my own emotions to find their way to my hand.
What are the goals for your work?
I feel like I have something to say in my work and my goal is to have my work viewed by as wide an audience as possible.
What are your thoughts on the Nashville Arts scene?
As Nashville grows, many creative disciplines are being discovered by a national and international audience. I feel fortunate to be a veteran immersed in one of the most vibrant and growing creative communities.