Hello there! 

 

Art is a passion that has always woven its way through my life.

I've always been surrounded and nurtured by a family of

'arty types' who consistently encouraged my natural

instinct and joy toward drawing, painting and making.

Employment within visual art related industries including visual merchandising, graphic design/printing, textile design and Childrens book illustration followed naturally.  I started a small freelance design business, 'Homegrown Graphics' which allowed me to work from home with three young children during that busy phase.

I undertook formal art training as a mature-age student graduating with a Diploma of Visual Art in 2013, and enjoyed forging friendships and connections with like-minds that reinforced my desire to pursue painting.

At its core, my artwork is connected to my surroundings.

Striving to capture that unique perspective and beauty that I find within ordinary subjects and everyday moments, and drawing attention to how I see the world.

'I love to celebrate the extraordinary within the ordinary' Something as simple as a fleeting shift between light and shadow, the gesture of a leaf, surprising colour contrasts and textures found in both my interior and exterior worlds.

Recognising, capturing and sharing the essence of these small moments reinforces a way of living in the present. As an artist, it is deeply rewarding when others respond to those observations.  

It's these 'moments' that provide the motivation to paint a series of works ranging from domestic and still life arrangements, to coastal geology or my suburban city environment.

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In 2021, mid Covid Pandemic, we downsized our family home in the eastern suburbs, to inner city Melbourne and now try to divide our time between city life and a quieter lifestyle on the Bass Coast in Victoria.  Conveniently, I'm able to paint from my studio space in inner city Melbourne  or a 'home-studio' when in Inverloch. 

My process is quite an intuitive language, where I particularly enjoy the initial energetic marks and bold colour choices with my oil paints when starting a painting, and then fully immerse myself in the unique details of my subject.  Beginning with its thoughtful inception and idea stage, creating a sketch and considering the composition - right through to signing and naming each piece.

I'm drawn to images of stillness, solitude and quiet, which I intuitively explore and collect through my personal photography. These often become a source of reference for my artworks.

Within my suburban and coastal environments, native flora and natural themes are subjects I consistently engage with and return to.  Working at a larger scale enhances the unique features and colours I am drawn to and strive to infuse in my work.

 

Jackie has illustrated numerous books for children, including one of her own, 'Me & My Family Tree'

She has designed and illustrated educational resources for teachers, therapists and psychologists and formerly presented  art workshops for primary school aged children across Melbourne and interstate