Roderick is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. He lived his early part of childhood in Freetown; A community on the West Side of Greenville that derived it's namesake of a community that was established by freed slaves in Upstate South Carolina. Roderick took notice of his drawing ability at a very young age. When most kids were doodling and just making marks on paper he was drawing comic book characters with an incredible likeness. Roderick's grandfather, T.C. Hawthorne, Sr., helped mold his view of the world as a place of unnoticed art filled with shapes and wonderful imagery.
Roderick began perfecting his talent before he started the first grade. His interest in art kept him focused from a small child through adolescence. So while balancing the scales of school, friends peer pressure and just being a normal kid; Roderick has been perfecting his talent for 22 years. That's not including the guidance that he received from his grandfather, T.C. Hawthorne, Sr., before Roderick began attending school. His grandfather who also was an artist, received his degree through the mail while balancing the role as a father of four, grandfather of nine and a blue collar SC mill worker that had several jobs to make ends meet.
Roderick always knew that he wanted to make a mark on the world and realized that art was the way to achieve this goal. So, while in high school, Roderick also attended a vocational school majoring in Graphic Communications. After graduating high school, Roderick became a Certified Graphic Artist. Because of his excellent abilities and wonderful work ethic, Roderick received a scholarship to further his studies in several South East states. Roderick also received a scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta. Roderick obtained his degree in Commercial Arts from International Fine Arts College in Miami, Florida. During his college years and afterwards; Roderick has worked successfully as a freelance artist and a modeling agency in South Florida for few years. It was during this time Roderick comprised an idea to form an artist group that would allow artists to network with fellow artists. The main goal was to spread the wealth of information and opportunities that are in the art world for artists that aren't in the typical art circles. This idea lead to the birth of EXODUS-The Artist Collective to empower the artist. Over the span of 18 years, Exodus Artists held and curated nationally and internationally recognized exhibitions across the United States.
Jackson considers himself to be a maverick when it comes to the arts; always pushing the envelope of the conventional notion of what makes an artist and the avenues that are afforded to artist in which to exhibit. Jackson's work isn't characterized by a particular style; but by a mood. When you see his use of beautiful complimentary colors, creativeness, smooth application and great work technique, you feel his art as well. Roderick says,"With my paintings I try to achieve a visual delight for the senses. The type of artwork that you can just look at endlessly and never grow tired of it... Like a visual enigma, that has you always looking for the key of why you are drawn in by my artwork. In essence, I think that my artwork really reflects my mood at times, so I paint to release what ever it is that I feel; which to me equals pulchritude." Jackson has stated, "There are things that I haven't done as of yet but would like the opportunity to do, eventually open my own design studio or artist retreat in the Americas or Southeast Asia. It's just a matter of time beforeI can make it happen." In the past few years Jackson has been working with HDR, industrial and abstract fine art imagery due to extensive travel and living in austere locations around the globe. Although he's rarely shown any of his new work in the past 10 years in an exhibit. The last few years Jackson has lived and worked in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Senegal, and Netherlands. Jackson's work travels have taken him to exotic places such as Bali, Kuala Lumpor, Bangkok, Panama, Philippines, Hong Kong, Egypt, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Paris and the list continues. He likes to travel with a model or find one near his destination to shoot some creative and artistic works. Jackson has moved back to the US and is now residing in the Southeast US. Jackson's clients include Fortune 500 corporations, trade publications and private clients. He is looking forward to completing some personal and commercial work with the right model(s) looking to do some artistic, creative and works of pulchritude. So if you'd like to do some work with Ra (Rah), don't hesitate to contact him and discuss some projects or ideas. I am always looking to collaborate with talented models, photographers and artists.
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