Jackie was born and raised in the Baltimore, MD area and was fascinated by art for as long as she can remember. Her Mom was always buying her boxes of crayons and watercolor paints. Paint by number sets were painted as numbered but then turned over so she could create an original painting on the back using the leftover paints. As it so often happens in life, circumstances and pursuits changed and she did not take any art classes in school. Instead she decided to pursue other interests in college and attended The Johns Hopkins University. Right next door to the campus is the Baltimore Museum of Art and although not taking any official art classes she spent many hours strolling through the museum and absorbing the work displayed there. After college, work and marriage kept her busy but she kept visiting museums, art galleries, fairs and shows - enjoying the work of others and absorbing the nuances of art.
Mid-life and a divorce gave her the incentive to finally pick up a paint brush and begin making her own art. An oil paint set purchased at a charity auction, a few books, a few TV shows and a lot of playing with the paints convinced her that she did have an eye for art and knack with the paint brush. Painting was fun and a way to express herself in a new manner. A couple of night classes at the Central Piedmont Community College gave her a grounding in proper technique. Figure painting classes at the Spirit Square Arts Center help develop her own style.
Burn-out on the job and corporate downsizing gave her the push to pursue her childhood dream of living at the beach and becoming a full time artist. She refined her art, began to sell it at art fairs, accumulated supplies and saved funds. Then 1993 she resigned her corporate job, sold her condo and moved to Surfside Beach SC, gave herself a five year plan and wondered what she had gotten herself into. She took a job at a hotel in the evenings to pay the bills while she painted during the day. She entered every possible show in the area to get herself 'out there' as a local artist. She began painting murals with another local artist and found she had a talent for large scale paintings as well.
Today Jackie continues to create her own paintings. She paints murals for clients that reflect their tastes and decor. She teaches Painting as a Hobby at the Myrtle Beach Recreation Center. She is a past President of the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild and was the co-chair of the committee that painted community murals on the exterior of two of the local recreation centers. She is currently the Show Director for the Guild. She publishes a monthly e-newsletter on painting from her web-site http://www.artistjackie.com.
Jackie likes to try all subjects when she paints but concentrates mostly on two areas: Landscapes that reflect the local beauty of the Grand Strand of South Carolina; she gives them a sense of space so that you feel you can walk right into them. Her Body Language is a series in which by using color, body images, posture and poses explores the interpersonal relationships between individuals, couples, groups and explores how we all interact.
She currently resides in Myrtle Beach SC.