Alan Jackson is originally from Savannah, Georgia. Jackson graduated from the University of Florida College of Architecture in 1975 and worked in a series of architectural offices in Savannah, Beaufort, Kiawah Island, and Charleston. He has lived in Charleston since 1979. He is a LEED accredited professional architect and formerly a partner in the Mt Pleasant architecture firm McKellar & Associates. He now has a private practice. Jackson’s interest in black and white photography began while he was in Architecture School. He developed and printed his own work until the mid-90’s, when his focus turned to freehand pen and ink drawing. He has studied the Japanese martial art of Aikido since 1984. He has also studied the Japanese sword arts of Kendo and Iaido and more recently the Chinese art of Taijiquan. He teaches Aikido in Mt Pleasant where he lives with Pat, his wife.
Borrowing from my training as an architect these non-representational compositions include elements of both hard line drafting and freehand sketching. They are intended to provide a creative counterpoint to the representational work demanded of architectural drafting and rendering. Each piece is conceived and initiated with a set of limitations while the final execution is intended to be a spontaneous, and creative semiautomatic process allowing for progression and innovation within the limitations. Uninterrupted, straight lines are executed with a continuous vertical stroke not unlike the vertical cut of a sword.