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Ginny Lyons

One of Jackson’s favorite pieces is one she painted in seventh grade.

Maizy Jackson finds inspiration outdoors

From serene landscapes to vibrant forests, sophomore Maizy Jackson finds inspiration for paintings wherever she goes. Growing up taking art classes, Jackson’s interest in painting didn’t develop until recent years, and since then, she has been creating some of her best works of art. One of her favorites is her seventh-grade painting of a glowing forest in the summertime. In fact, Jackson’s artistic process usually begins outside of the classroom. “If I find something pretty, usually I’ll take a picture, but I won’t paint outside,” Jackson said.

After snapping a pic, Jackson draws a sketch, grabs her acrylic paint, and gets to work with the goal of doing justice to the scenery; it doesn’t take a genius to know realistic paintings of nature are her specialty. However, instead of taking the painting elective classes BSM offers, Jackson does most of her painting in Drawing I, and will continue to do so in Drawing II. She paints recreationally, as well, seeking approval from her family. “My uncle does art; he’s a photographer, and he always looks at my paintings,” Jackson said.

Jackson can be caught at art museums including the Minnesota Institute of Art soaking it all in. “I love being able to think creatively and express feelings and things in my life,” Jackson said.

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