Herb Jackson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1945. He received his undergraduate degree in German from Davidson College in 1967 and earned his masters degree in fine arts from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1970. In 1969, while finishing up his graduate studies, Jackson began teaching at Davidson. In 1982 he became the Chair of the Art department, a position which he has held ever since. Jackson has had more than 100 single-artist exhibitions in several countries, including England, Portugal, Canada and Peru. Some of Jackson’s work was chosen to be included in the first exhibition of contemporary American art to be presented in the former USSR. Jackson’s work is now in more than 80 collections including the British Museum in London, The Brooklyn Museum in New York City and the North Carolina Museum of Art. Jackson’s paintings are built up in many layers which are scraped off as they are being applied. Shapes and marks come and go as the painting develops to a hundred or more layers. The final outcome is the result of a process of discovery similar to the life experience itself.