“Stampede” 16 x 20 oil on canvas
Tarray Jackson artist born and raised in Savannah-La-Mar, Jamacia, has always been naturally drawn to all mediums of art and music from a very young age. As a small child, art was a soothing therapy and a way to escape growing up poor. He was inspired to create from the exotic lush tropical rainforests and luminous blue waters of the Caribbean. His love of raw nature and the native plants and animals of Jamaica is prevalent in his art today. He moved to Chico, Califormia from Jamaica in 2003. A graduate of Chico University with a BA of History in Art. Tarray has been featured in magazine publications, art shows, and has even donated paintings to raise money for charities. He passionately believes in giving back and having gratitude. Currently, he is establishing a charity of his own to give back to underprivileged youth.
Tarray has mastered all mediums of art. Pastel, acrylic, and his talented oil paintings technique conveys a sense of immediacy and harmony that we experience through his view of the world. He applies the strengths of his medium to achieve rich velvety surfaces and crystal clear vibrant hues. His application is confident and full of bravado. By utilizing numerous mediums he has been able to give each piece a fresh, memorable, and distinctive feel. Tarray will use almost anything he comes across as a canvas for his artwork. Shoes, glass, cigar boxes, his limitless imagination is never tied down to one form. He is constantly striving everyday to find new forms of art to express himself.
Tarray lives and works in Monterrey, California, surrounded by the expansive ocean and emerald green forests of Big Sur. Tarray‘s commissioned artwork, music, and clothing line is a constant evolution of his expanding brand, Dress To Kill, his way of life. Tarray views art as his religion,”if I tell you I’m good, probably you will say I'm boasting. But if I tell you I'm not good, you’ll know I'm lying.” For Tarray, life imitates art.