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Welcome to the official site of the artwork of Jesse Joshua Watson.
Jesse has traveled extensively, developing a deep passion for soaking up and sharing the beauty of the world's cultures. His paintings and stories reflect that passion. Much of the original artwork on this site has been sold but most images here are available as fine art prints. Thanks for visiting!

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2018 Wooden Boat Festival Poster, painted by Jesse Joshua Watson.

Artist Statement:

The Wooden Boat Festival is a rich, historic festival with many different facets. But for me, there is one that I wanted to bring to this year’s poster image in particular. As someone who has been lucky enough to play music on the Bar Harbor stage a number of times, I hoped to capture the exuberance of this part of the festival. 

This is a working marina. A diverse collection of boat makers, maritime industry and tourism. Making sails with hands and sweat and years of experience. Wood whisperers transforming Teak and Oak into vessels that navigate the globe.  

Then comes Saturday evening at the festival and we all come together. The orange glow of the crowd dancing together contrasting the ultramarine blues of a late summer evening in Port Townsend. That crowd is truly something special; the coming together of ages and backgrounds to dance together in the warmth of each other and in celebration of our heritage on the water.

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