Artist Statement

A painting is a captured moment.  The artist and the viewer come together to engage, consider and contemplate. These works strive to document the natural world and connect the viewer with the artist’s reflections on a subject. There is an aspiration for the viewer to move beyond the intellectual and toward the essence of a subject through the artist’s experiments with representation, palate and material.

These works reflect a lifelong consideration of the natural world through the eyes as a field ecologist. Inspiration arises from the minute to intangibly large creatures, landscapes and forces in the surrounding ecosystems; as well as the artistic renditions by many other artist’s interpretations of these foundations.

Vikki with her work at the Anacortes Art Festival juried art exhibit


Vikki Jackson has been a student of nature for nearly her whole life. She has spent much of her childhood enjoying, watching and drawing wildlife and subjects of natural history and never has out grown her fascination and wonder of the natural world. She has worked as a professional ecologist for the past 25 years in the Western Washington. Vikki lives in Bellingham on a boat with her husband and son. Her long hours spent in the field provide her with many opportunities to observe and appreciate the incredibly rich biodiversity in our region. Her goal is to communicate the beauty, form and color of the places and life forms we care about here in the west.


2005-2013         Various Workshops             Trish Harding School of Art             Bellingham, WA
2010- 2014        Mixed media workshop        Dawn Emerson                               Mt. Vernon, WA
2005                 Painting Workshop              Rebecca Meloy                               Bellingham, WA
2004                 Painting Workshop              Lorna Libert                                    Bellingham, WA

Solo Exhibits
2014                 Jansen Art Center                                                                     Lynden, WA
2012                 Colophan Café                                                                          Bellingham, WA
2012                 Wings Over Water- featured artist                                             Blaine, WA
2011                 Chuckanut Brewery                                                                  Bellingham, WA
2011                 Whatcom Education Credit Union                                               Bellingham, WA
2010                 DIS Corporation offices                                                             Bellingham, WA
2010                 La Vi En Rose                                                                          Bellingham, WA
2009                 La Vi En Rose                                                                          Bellingham, WA
2009                 Sterling Real Estate                                                                   Bellingham, WA

Juried Shows
2015                 Juried Artist Series              Allied Arts                                      Bellingham, WA 
2014                 Arts Alive                           Anacortes Arts Festival                   Anacortes, WA
2013                 Summer 2013 Exhibit           Jansen Art Center                           Lynden, WA
2012                 Juried Artist Series              Allied Arts                                      Bellingham, WA
2012                 Anacortes Arts Festival       Anacortes Arts Commission             Anacortes, WA
2011                 Juried Artist Series              Allied Arts                                      Bellingham, WA
2010                 Emerging Artists                 Blue Horse Gallery                          Bellingham, WA
2010                 Juried Artist Series              Allied Arts                                      Bellingham, WA
2009                 Juried Artist Series              Allied Arts                                      Bellingham, WA
2009                 Invitational Show                 Woodstock Farm                             Bellingham, WA
2008                 Members Show                   Northwest Pastel Society                 Mercer Island, WA
2008                 Nudes on Parade                 Blue Horse Gallery                          Bellingham, WA
2008                 Invitational Show                 Woodstock Farm                             Bellingham, WA

Group Exhibits
2015                Artist 12                               Pop-Up Gallery                            Bellingham, WA
2014                 Edison Bird Festival           Smith and Vallee Gallery                Edison, WA
2013                 Vanishing Ice                      Whatcom Museum                          Bellingham, WA
2013                 Coal Train                           Studio UFO                                    Bellingham, WA
2013                 Hotel Bellwether                 Allied Arts                                      Bellingham, WA
2011                 6X6 Show                           Studio UFO                                    Bellingham, WA
2011                 Fate of the Forest                Whatcom Museum                          Bellingham, WA
2010                 Hard Times                         Whatcom Museum                         Bellingham, WA
2010                 Colin Goode Gallery and Studio                                                  Lopez Island, WA
2010                 Plein Air Paint Out              Blue Horse Gallery                          Bellingham, WA
2009                 Annual Members Show       Allied Arts                                      Bellingham, WA
2008                 Plein Air Paint Out              Blue Horse Gallery                          Bellingham, WA
2007                 Gallery Walk Exhibit            Studio UFO                                     Bellingham, WA
2007                 Plein Air Paint Out              Blue Horse Gallery                          Bellingham, WA

Professional Activities
2011-2013         Member                              Whatcom Museum                          Bellingham, WA
2007-14            Business Member                Allied Arts                                      Bellingham, W
2008                 Member                              Mount Baker Gallery Group             Bellingham, WA

2008                 Northwest Washington Fair  1st place professional division

Public Art Purchase
2010                 Snohomish County Courthouse- purchase of 2 paintings

Published Works
2007                 Labyrinth Journal                 Western Washington University       Bellingham, WA

To contact Vikki about available work you can reach her at vikki.jackson8@gmail.com

You can purchase Vikki's work on her ETSY Shop - NatureNerdArts

Studio Floor, working towards a show