A young sophomore at Sam Houston State University, studio art major Jada Jackson has already left her mark on the school with eight original works that have been on permanent display at the Lowman Student Center.
“The Faces of Bearkats” is a collection of eight Jackson portraits that celebrates the diverse student body at SHSU. While none of the portraits are based on a specific person, Jackson hopes students can see themselves in his work and feel a sense of belonging for years to come.
“Seeing all of these pieces, everyone together, is something I really wanted because you rarely see extreme diversity,” Jackson said. “I wanted to highlight the diversity of SHSU and show that we are different, but we shouldn’t let that divide us, we should rather let our differences come together and learn from each other. “
The series began with a single digital drawing by Jackson in which she entered an art competition hosted by LSC in the fall semester, with the determination to push her out of her comfort zone and showcase her art in the world. Her comic book style drawing shows a young black woman throwing a big smile over her shoulder while carrying a backpack with a plush Sammy the Bearkat peeking out. His piece caught the attention of the student center, and Jackson was later invited by the director of the LSC to create seven more designs to make a permanent installation outside of the Orange Ballroom.
“At first I couldn’t believe it, I was shocked. I had never done something this big before and felt nervous, but as I got over it and all the pieces started to come together, I felt really good in my room. decision, ”Jackson said.
Jackson has been drawing for as long as she can remember and has known since elementary school that she wanted to be an artist. Drawn to the bright, colorful styles and bold expressions, Jackson was always influenced by cartoons and began to replicate the characters she saw in her favorite TV shows and comics as a child. Now she draws characters from her imagination using a tablet.
“It took me a long time to get used to sharing my art with people, but with that, I have to do it,” Jackson said, adding that it was weird to walk past his work every day. days or to see other people admire his works.
Halfway through his studies at SHSU, Jackson is eager to continue drawing his comic book-style pieces for comics or commercials, while also sharing the power of art and its fun therapeutic properties as a teacher. art for college or high school. students.