"I look for the form things want to come as, from the black wells of possibility how a thing will unfold... not so much looking for the shape, as being available to any shape that may be summoning itself through me from the self, not mine, but ours.”
To me painting is a meditation and mindfulness practice. Long periods of absorption in creative flow allow me to experience life with the equanimity that brings about clarity and compassion towards life.
I identify with the artistic motivations of the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1940s, viewing art as an expression of what wants and needs to come forth. While mindful of the play of color, value, line, shape, and composition, I work freely and spontaneously, allowing the content to literally find itself in the work through the use of a variety of tools and techniques.
I experience the creative process in the same way that I approach and experience everything in life. Life cannot be coaxed into being. What wants to come forth, will, and what needs to fall away, will. Life always wants to renew itself in this way, and asks us to provide the space to let it happen. The struggle ensues, when we resist the change that is trying to find it's way to us, and we are too fixed. It limits us in life, and in art.
Jackie lived in the Northeast for the first half of her life, and often still visit those places she loves most in New England. She is as inspired by the landscapes, colors and beaches back east, as she is by the beautiful light and energy of the desert Southwest, which is where she currently makes her home with her husband and muse, Bob. It is evident in her work, that both of these spaces and places resonate deeply, and find their way into her work.
She is a former educator, with a Masters Degree in Education. She became an education technology enthusiast early on, and was excited by the impact that technology could have on teaching and learning environments. She joined the K-12 group at Apple Computer Inc., and traveled extensively meeting with educators to share Apple's vision of "changing the world one person at a time" with the Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow.
She studied drawing and painting in Chicago, and at the Scottsdale Artists School, and Brio Fine Arts. She feels fortunate to have had so many wonderful teachers and mentors that she has learned from, and is inspired by. As a life long learner, she continues to expand her skills and tehniques through ongoing workshops.
She became a full time professional artist 11 years ago, and started showing her work in galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona. She believes that art speaks and communicates. She is still changing the world, one person at a time, and hopefully bringing positive change into the world, and into the lives she touches through her artwork.
Me and my Muse