Doris Jackson, a Laguna Woods resident, designed the City of Laguna Woods’ seal to “symbolize a community of seniors who very much live in the contemporary world.” The tree is swaying into the circle with a free-flowing motion and the small pieces bring movement to the simple design, encouraging eyes to roam repeatedly over the entire subject. According to Ms. Jackson, the green symbolizes “bountiful nature,” and the blue, “courageous spirit.”
Ms. Jackson’s design was chosen from a field of 50 responses to the City’s search for ideas. On March 15, 2000, the seal was officially adopted by the City Council. A formal unveiling took place at the City’s first anniversary of incorporation on March 25, 2000.
Ms. Jackson began drawing and painting as a child, and later obtained an art education at University of California, Berkeley. She moved to Laguna Woods in 1997 and became an active member of the Laguna Woods Art Association and volunteer for the Laguna Woods Village Library. She passed away on April 12, 2019, one month shy of her 94th birthday.
Jackson’s original design was refined by Greg Smith and Associates.