Jackie spent half of her childhood in Tanzania, living by the Indian Ocean where everything is enhanced by light, heat & colour. The rest of her time was spent in the UK, and these environmental contrasts are reflected in her work today through her use of colour and tone. She moves from hot fiery hues in one painting to cold fresh ones in another.
At the age of 19, Jackie moved to Northampton to attend a Teachers’ Training Course at Nene College, where her main subjects were Maths and Art.
Jackie began drawing and painting soon after her daughter was born, and found that art enabled her to express her personality and creativity. Jackie is primarily a self-taught artist, but she has learnt from a number of highly skilled Northampton-based tutors who have contributed to her success.
Without formal training, Jackie has followed her instincts, free from rules and pre-conceptions. Working in her preferred medium of pastels, her unique vibrant style is clearly distinctive with strong form and curvaceous lines, often creating ambiguity to evoke a reaction from the viewer. Jackie’s work includes life, still life and landscapes, all painted with an exciting optimistic approach.
Jackie has exhibited and sold her work at the Pastel Society Mall Galleries and the Society of Botanical Artists at Westminster Gallery, as well as in many other regional exhibitions. Jackie has been a full member of the Northampton Town and County Art Society since 2008 and works out of Henry Bird’s former studio in Northampton, as well as a small studio near the sea in South Devon. In 2013, Jackie exhibited at The Bunker in Salcombe, a unique underground art space that was formerly a WWII bunker. In 2014, Jackie had some of her art selected to appear under licence for the niche high quality fashion brand Art on Fashion.
Jackie and her husband set up a residential care home business to support people with learning difficulties or acquired brain injuries in 1987. After being closely involved in managing the business for many years, it has now grown sufficiently to enable Jackie to become a full-time artist.