Jackie is a 64 years old Female artist living in United Kingdom.
My love for art started at an early age and if I’m honest I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing, painting & creating .
I studied Design and Display at an independent college based at St Martins School of Art . I achieved an HND (Higher National Diploma) at the end of my studies. After graduating I had a series of jobs in the Design industry. I eventually gave up my career to raise 4 children. My creative skills eventually lead me to work with School children in many different settings, I always used my creative ability to enrich their learning.
Over the last few years I have found time to express myself more on canvas . I initially tried a new technique for me which was acrylic paint pouring, this can lead to interesting results. However I wanted to stretch myself and became more interested in Abstract Art and my last Three Paintings have been in this style. These pieces have been completely inspired by the worldwide pandemic. I have drawn on my inner feelings regarding this to create them .
As an Artist I like go with my design instincts, adding texture and depth to my paintings to hopefully bring them to life.
Hi, Jackie! Tell us a few words about yourself. What does a typical day look like for? Do you just do art, or is art just part of the picture?
Jackie: I reside in the Uk, on the outskirts of London. From an early age I have had the desire to be creative. My Great Grandfather was a professional artist and my Grandfather was a musician . Maybe it’s in my genes!
In 2015 I retired from my job at a Large Comprehensive School (High School) in London. My job entailed helping to teach Children who had additional educational needs . I always used my creative skills in my teaching methods as visualisation was beneficial to the Children and it would help improve their understanding of a lesson.
Although initially saddened to leave work, I knew that at last I would have more time to be creative .
I would say at the moment Art is a big part of my day (the UK is currently in a lockdown due to the pandemic). But under normal circumstances I would normally split my day between family commitments and my Art. That said I do dip in and out of Artwork throughout the day, as this then enables me to re group and plan my next steps.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.
Jackie: Over the many years that I have been doing Art I have tried many different styles and mediums.
At this moment in time my favourite medium is acrylic paint.
I feel that it works very well when doing an Abstract Painting as you can dilute it easily and use it very thickly. It’s versatile and drys fairly quickly. I like to use high pigmented paint where possible as this gives a stronger colour finish. For sometime now I have been adding texture to my Paintings in the form of pastes and textured fabric paints. This addition has added more dimension to my paintings, giving them a sensory finish that is visible to the eye and touch.
I am currently pursuing an Abstract approach to my Art, which I am thoroughly enjoying.
My most recent pieces of Art have been titled, as I have used my thoughts and emotions to create pieces that reflect the current worldwide pandemic.
You say you like to go with your design instincts when creating an artwork. Is there a message you are trying to give with each piece, or is it something else?
Jackie: I would say that I have always drawn on my design experience to create any form of Artwork that I have made. When I start a piece of Art I tend to have a specific idea in my mind in terms of colours and placement.Abstract art can be quite chaotic in the making, but I always try to bring some semblance of symmetry to my work. At this moment in time I have been trying to convey a message in my latest pieces of Art . They are all connected to the Current Pandemic, each piece reflecting my inner thoughts and feelings. When an Artist produces a piece of work with a topic in mind , it’s obviously a personal observation of that moment in time for them . You hope that the observers of your Art will understand your idea. However what I see in my art may not be interpreted in that way by others , it may invoke different connotation.
Who are a few artists that really inspire you right and why?
Jackie: Vincent Van Gogh as colour was a big symbol of his paintings. L.S Lowry His artwork depicted observations of that era. Edvard Munch because his art reflects emotions.
What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process.?and how do you overcome it?
Jackie: When I form an idea in my mind for my art, I spend a long time thinking it through before I start. The challenging part is, can I convert my ideas onto the canvas? Will my thoughts about this piece of Art just flow as I perceive it? Or will I need to rethink my thoughts? Once I start, I endeavour to keep my positive energy going and channel my ideas onto the canvas . If I feel unsure and lose confidence over it then I step away and use this time to envisage where to go next.
You have worked in the Design industry how much has your artistic background helped you with your work?
Jackie: Whilst working in the design industry I learnt a lot about the use of colour, lighting, layout and image manipulation. I feel that all of these experiences have played a part in my Artwork, as it has taught me to see if something is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
What about your transition to abstract art in the lately? Tell us a bit more about that.
Jackie: A few years ago now I decided to work on canvas more, at first I tried various techniques and for a time went through an experimental phase . Whilst on this art journey I came across a new method for me , called acrylic paint pouring . At first I found working with fluid paint fascinating as it produced some interesting results. However after a time I decided that it can be quite self limiting in terms of where to go next with this method. I then decided to stretch myself further and try something more abstract in nature,straight away I melt more inspired by this art form . I love the fact that abstract art can push your creative boundaries.
Share some interesting facts about your art with us.
Jackie: Each piece of my artwork will be a whole new colour scheme to depict the mood that I am after. I am very much driven by my reaction to something and paint from the heart.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Jackie: Another Artist who follows me on Instagram , commented that one of my abstract pieces was very Jackson Pollock like.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Jackie: Social media is a great platform for people to share their art , I post all my art on Instagram (abstractjack) and can be contacted via direct messaging.
What are you currently working on, and what is next for you?
Jackie: At the moment I am working on a large canvas , it will be the last one that has a connection to the current pandemic in terms of emotions. After that I have been asked to do a commission piece for a family friend.
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