Jess Cauthorn: Art Journey
Jess Cauthorn (born Enter Birthday 1923- Enter Day 2005) was an American artists and graphic designer, best known for his watercolors paintings and advertising designs including designs for Mazda, Kenworth Trucking and Seattle Transit.
After serving time in World War II, earning himself a Purple Heart, Jess returned to his birthplace in 1945 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, 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.