Jacqui's studio is based in outskirts of Melbourne in the Dandenong Ranges.
She works professionally as a graphic designer by day and has been developing her studio arts practice and exhibiting her artwork professionally for the last 5 years. She has participated in Dandenong Ranges Open Studios since 2012.
My studio practice gives me freedom to enjoy experimentation, working with new mediums keeps me curious, making with my hands essential.
My college art training covered all art forms, from ceramics, sculpture, film, painting and life drawing which eventually led to further training in illustration and graphic design. I was fortunate to attend a really good technical school when art was being taught by some truly inspiring craftspeople, who've nurtured skills I take with me for life. I draw on these multi disciplines and have a pretty productive output, most likely influenced from my graphic design work life. Studio is where I can relax and unwind, have no briefs and just have a lot of fun.
I paint landscapes to explore colour and technique (mostly acrylics as I'm too impatient for oil). I work quickly so my emerging style is expressionist, not realist. My immediate environment is full of rolling hills, tall manna gum trees and a cacophony of birdlife, so it is a great reference for my work. I'm experimenting with capturing the different light of day, the effects and textures of foliage and colour changes using a pretty vivid colour palette.
I also enjoy developing textiles, screen printing designs on fabric and illustrate and draw native birdlife. A range of cards and prints can be viewed online.