Jackie has been drawing from her very early years. Her fascination has constantly been people and animals, with horses and ponies being her greatest love.
Born in Ireland surrounded by horses she enjoyed many different aspects of equestrian life, and by the time she was at Art College in Belfast she was often “absent” due a more pressing date with the hunt!
Designing for C&A and British Home Stores while having a weekly Fashion column in an Irish newspaper kept her busy for ten years after Art College, following which she went into teaching Art and Needlework at schools and colleges.
Now retired from art teaching and commission work she is benefitting from the influence of Cornwall’s dramatic landscape. The rugged nature of the moors and the North Cornish coast are producing for Jackie many stories of wildlife. She loves to watch and record animals live and graze in their social groups in these often wild surroundings while, in fact, they are maintaining the farmland cutting back the scrub in the most natural way. She always has a sketch book outdoors with pencils, pastels or watercolours to hand, oils when the weather is fine. Recently between sketches she was helping feed new born lambs. This produced good work though with a few smears!
Jackie has been a full member of the Society of Equestrian Artists for some time, exhibiting with them at The Mall Galleries, London. She was a tutor with them and took groups of artists to The King’s Troop and The Household Cavalry amongst other great venues. Winter workshops included life drawing sessions which she feels is vital to the learning process. She has exhibited and sold her life drawings with The Hesketh Hubbard Drawing Club and the Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries.
Much of Jackie’s work is privately owned due to previous commissions, however now she can pursue her own work in greater depth while enjoying the delights of Cornwall.
Dip. AD (Fashion and Textiles) ATC (Art Teacher Cert.)Goldsmiths SEA (Full member Society of Equestrian Artists)