Jess Cauthorn

Jess Cauthorn (1923-2005) was an American artists and graphic designer, best known for his watercolors paintings and advertising designs including designs for Rainier Beer, Darigold and Seattle Transit. After serving time in World War II, earning himself a Purple Heart, Jess returned to his birthplace in Seattle, WA. Jess studied at the Burnley School of Professional Art. In 1959, Jess Cauthorn bought the school from Edwin Burnley. The school was run and owned privately by Jess Cauthorn and his wife until 1982 when Jess sold the school to the Education Management Corporation and the school’s name became The Art Institute of Seattle. Jess was a member of the American Watercolor Society(A.W.S.), Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artist and Northwest Watercolor Society. As a teacher and graphic artist Jess influenced countless artists. Jess has won awards in every major juried art competition in the Northwest. His artwork is in permanent collections in the Frye Art Museum, Washington State University (previously at Seattle Art Museum) and The National Infantry Museum in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Nan Cauthorn (1954-2005) was born and educated in Seattle, WA. Nan attended The Burnley School of Professional Art, she taught at The Art Institute of Seattle for 27 years and taught graphic design at Shoreline Community College.  Nan inspired hundreds of her students. She started her own Greeting Card, which The Cauthorn Collection features along with endless graphic design sketches. The Cauthorn Collection was founded by granddaughter Jade Cauthorn Wright in 2011. The goal of The Cauthorn Collection is to have feature their artwork in artwork around the Northwest and Internationally. A percentage of the proceeds go towards art supplies for art students in our communities. The Cauthorn Collection’s Dream is to give full scholarships to art students around the world.

Jade Cauthorn-Wright grew up in a family where art, creativity and freedom of expression was all around. In this incredible position she can share her passion of the arts through The Cauthorn Collection featuring her grandfather’s (original watercolors and prints and hand-drawn graphic illustrations) and mother’s work (greeting cards, rubber stamps, and sketches). A percentage of proceeds will go to young artists via dontations to art classes and in the form of scholarships.

“As a member of the American Watercolor Society since 1962 I continue to strive to capture the spirit of a locale from the special places in Pacific Northwest to exciting areas all around the world. In 1984, as a full time painter, I am equally enthused about producing abstract landscapes for the corporate market…

…One challenge is coping with outside conditions, the other challenge is to design with visual elements in the studio while painting both in transparent watercolor. The beautiful Pacific Northwest offers varied, unique landscape subject matter for outstanding paintings, posters and prints for discerning collectors and corporations.


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