Coloring Outside the Lines

Jason Watson (Charlotte, NC)

The drawings shown here are part of a self portrait series by Jason Watson, playing with wigs and hair styles as a mode for exploring queer personal aesthetics. He is expanding this work through a project called Coloring Outside the Lines in partnership with the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund, the McColl Center for Visual Art, and Time Out Youth, an organization dedicated to offering support and advocacy to LGBTQ young people. During a residency at the McColl Center, Watson will work with LGBTQ youth and young adults to help them reveal and reflect who they truly are through the creation of drawn portraits. Watson will inspire participants to explore the many layers of their identity and individuality through journals and blog entries and will incorporate their shared revelations into a collaborative portrait of each participant.You can see the final portraits at