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Portrait of Jackson Foster

Jackson Foster is a maker and painter of trade and tavern signs in the tradition of 18th and 19th Century style artisans. With a love of American history and 40 years a graphic design and branding consultant, he and his family left Chicago for Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 2005. After discovering a book (at Colonial Williamsburg) on early American tavern and inn signs, he found in this craft the perfect answer to combining his art and design background, interest in woodworking and passion for lettering.

His research of actual historic people and places serve as the rationale for the majority of his sign creations (he also accepts commissions). His extensive background in calligraphy and hand-lettering serve well as each sign is completely hand-lettered and painted; no stenciling or computer fonts are used, and each sign is based on 18th and 19th century lettering and folk art styles. He refers to existing early American signs and printers books as would the itinerant painters of the day.

He uses a variety of reclaimed wood for each sign, along with period hardware including blacksmith-forged hanging straps, nails and hinges, all making for unique signs in which no two are alike. He continues to work at developing and refining his craft through research of early artisans, painting practices and wood joinery techniques.

J. Foster Historic Signs
5709 Cambridge Dr
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Phone: 540-226-1295
Email: jfosterhistoricsigns@icloud.com
Website: www.jfosterhistoricsigns.com

You can meet the artist at the following shows:

October 1, 2021 to October 3, 2021: Waterford Fair in Waterford, VA

Jackson Foster has been selected for the following Directories:

Year: 2020, 
				Category: Wood
Year: 2019, 
				Category: Wood
Biography updated February 9, 2021   Photograph updated February 9, 2021  Contact information updated April 27, 2021
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