Ann Jackson is a painter with a background in graphic design. Jackson allows her paintings to take their own form; she allows the paintings to emerge from a base of colors she chooses to begin the painting, and found papers. She uses color, composition, and texture to suggest the passage of time.
In both Ann’s paintings and photography, the passage of time in relation to living organisms as well as inanimate objects is a common theme. Her paintings have recently began to move toward abstraction, but there are often still recognizable forms. The forms within her recent paintings include plants, fungi, or people at different stages in life; beginning, middle, and end. She also uses photography to document places such as rural Appalachia that may be nearing the end of their “life.” Many of the old buildings and Appalachian homes she photographed have now been torn down.