The exhibit showcases a variety of artwork from both artists over the course of their careers. From drawings to paintings to pastels, both artists have worked in a variety of medium and with a multitude of subjects. “Artist on the Green” Lois Collins is a long-time fixture in Morristown and the exhibit features a lot of her portrait work, including a pastel of herself and a variety of drawings of children. She has done Morristown-themed works including an oil painting of a Morris County courtroom in the exhibit. Timothy Jackson has been doing art his whole life as well, which is also remarkable considering he suffered a stroke in 2012. The exhibit features artwork from before his stroke, which was inspired by Egyptian and ancient art as well as abstract ideas. But it also features, remarkably, artwork from after his stroke, where he has largely worked in pastels due to physical limitations. The exhibition includes about 40 works of the artists.
Lois Collins, is also known as the “Artist on the Green,” (i.e. the Morristown Green) where for many years she often did her artwork. She is a resident of Morris Plains, and formerly of Morristown. She studied fashion illustration and dress designing at the Traphagen School of Design, New York and she also studied at the New School, New York. She had her own dress making business, but also began sketching portraits when her son was young. She sketched judges of the Morris County court, sketched complimentary portraits of people during bicentennial celebrations in Town and has a painting on view of Morristown patriots in the North Jersey History & Genealogy Center of the Library.
Timothy Jackson, is a former Town Councilman, former member of the Board of Directors for the Red Cross and a Morristown resident. Art always played an important part in Timothy’s life and still does despite a stroke he suffered in 2012. Timothy graduated from the Pratt Institute, worked for the famous photographer Bert Stern and he even designed a store front for designer Natasha NYC at St. Mark’s in Greenwich Village. Timothy recently exhibited his work at the Morris County Library and he also received accolades for his unique artwork entitled Self Portrait of Stroke, which he created for a stroke-awareness event.
The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.
Images: From top to bottom by Timothy Jackson, Lois Collins and Timothy Jackson