Paul Jackson Pollack was born on January 28, 1912 in Cody, Wyoming. His father was a farmer and a land surveyor. His mother was a women with artistic ambitions. He got his artistic skills from his mother and has made a name for himself as an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was known for his unique style of drip painting. He was a troubled kid and was eventually expelled for starting fights in high school. He attended Manual Arts High school in Los Angeles. He was involved in an alcohol related, single car accident; He was driving.

Jackson Pollack used certain images to express his feelings, but he didn’t want to express it like that anymore. He would rather express feelings that couldn’t be seen. Instead of drawing an angry man, he would somehow convey the feeling of anger onto the canvas without any subject matter. In 1938, Jackson went through a struggle of drinking, which led to him seeking help. He couldn’t express himself through words so he decided to draw a series of paintings showing his emotions.