John Watson aspires towards a simple, refined aesthetic through commitments within multiple visual disciplines, including fine art, photography, textile/surface design, and graphic design. Interests include abstraction, rhythm, subtlety, and simple beauty.
From San Diego to San Francisco to Oakland, his work has evolved from pastel on paper drawings and cut-out figures, to hand-cut photo collages from single and multiple images. Similar methods of juxtaposition followed, using computers and digital printmaking to create contextual relationships not available in single-image photography. A variety of digital strategies are now used to transform photographs through alteration and abstraction.
The Dot Landscape series furthers these interests with an emphasis on the interplay between the readability and abstraction of photo-based images.