Art and Wine Auction-Bruce Jackson

May 7th, 2010

Speaking Fluent Aspen by Bruce Jackson

Born in 1951, Bruce Jackson grew up in farm country near Salem, Oregon.  A passion for skiing brought him to his present home of Bend, Oregon, in 1969.  While assisting legendary ski cinematographer Warren Miller at Mt. Bachelor in the winter of 1976, Bruce became inspired by the creative process of photography and purchased his first professional quality camera that fall.  As he had done with skiing, he immersed himself completely in photography.

In the years that followed, Jackson’s unique artistic style evolved through the creative process of photography, as his awe and reverence for Nature deepened.  Beginning in 1984 and continuing through the early 90’s,  Jackson created and marketed award winning fine art posters, including his famous Summit and Pine Marten prints of Mt. Bachelor, and the Mount Hood poster.  During this time, he continued to expand his artistic vision and in 1992, Bruce was awarded GRAND PRIZE in the SIERRA CLUB International Photography Competition. 

Today, Bruce’s fine art images grace numerous corporate offices, organizations and private homes throughout North America.  A partial list of Organizations and Corporations that have purchased Jackson’s photographs includes:  Ritz-Carlton, Coldwater Creek, Alaska Airlines, Bank of the Cascades, Sunset Magazine, Mt. Bachelor Inc., Morgan Stanley, The Sierra Club, Audubon, Oregon Tourism, Dean Witter and Brooks Resources.

When asked about ‘Speaking Fluent Aspen’, Bruce replied, “The year 2007 provided the most beautiful fall colors I’ve ever experienced in Central Oregon.  Having completed my high elevation fall photography, I focused on the aspens around Black Butte.  Day one consisted of brilliant sunny skies, hours of scouting, and culminated in two photographs after sunset.  I use a large format camera so the results of my efforts remained a mystery, resting as latent images on my 4”x5” film.  I was not satisfied.  The next day I awoke early to overcast skies.  Now that’s more like it!  Upon arriving, my greatest joy was realized.  The aspens were glowing in perfect light, with no wind.  Soon I was zeroing in on my composition, having paid my dues the day before.  I   completed a horizontal composition.  Get closer, get closer, my intuition kept telling me.  I surrendered, and it was then my vision shone as 30 years of experience coalesced into…Speaking Fluent Aspen.”

Bruce chose to contribute edition # 1/45 (traditionally reserved for himself) for the Deschutes Children’s Foundation Art and Wine Auction as “a symbolic reminder of placing children’s basic needs as a top priority in our community”.

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