Jaq has been passionate about art all through her life and as a child it seemed inevitable that she would pursue art as a career, but she was distracted by a sudden passion for music in her later years at school. She started to study the piano and then at 17 took up the violin.
She found that she learned extremely quickly and after studying the violin for eighteen months auditioned for the Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University. She was accepted and completed a Bachelor of Music Education in 1991.
However, her passion for art remained and constantly niggled at her to return to her easel.
It was when her first child was born that Jacqui acted upon this, inspired by a passion to paint her children…and also possibly encouraged by the fact her son used to cry, and her cat would climb onto her shoulders, both quite concerned whenever she played the violin.
Since then she has worked extensively as an artist, pursuing a keen interest in portraiture and a desire to explore the essence of any given subject…and what is it that unifies that subject to the rest of humanity.
She has participated in a number of exhibitions and winning numerous awards, most recently winning the Architecture Award in the Master of Art Competition in London and the People’s Choice in the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize.
Jaq is also a childrens’ author/book illustrator and educator. Books that she has both written and illustrated include: ‘Various Faerious’ (2002), ‘Shoes News’ (2004) and ‘Simply Drawing’ (2010) a book and DVD demonstrating drawing techniques. Her work as an educator is primarily with Art Smart, an after school art school she has built up for Primary aged children.
Her love of music has remained, so when she’s not painting in her studio in the company of her studio cat, she volunteers as a radio announcer on 3MBS fm, a Classical music station.


2016 Park Art Fair International, Germany, Honourable Mention
2016 People’s Choice Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize
2015 Finalist Black Swan Portrait Prize
2015 Winner Master of Art International exhibition, Architecture Award, London
2015 Scholarship to attend International Portrait Conference with Portrait Society of America
2015 Certificate of Excellence Artavita International Art Prize
2104 Winner People’s Choice Black Swan Heritage Prize, Perth
2014 Third Place, International Artist Magazine, Landscape Prize
2014 Semi-finalist Doug Moran Portrait Prize
2014 Support Stipend, Can Serrat residency, Spain
2014 Finalist Shirley Hannon Portrait Prize for realism
2014 Semi-finalist in Arte Laguna Prize in Venice
2014 Certificate of Excellence in the Portrait Society of America open international competition
2013 Winner People’s Choice Black Swan Portrait Prize – portrait of Jacki Weaver
2013 Highly Commended Black Swan Heritage Prize
2013 Finalist Surrealism prize, Mortimore Art Prize
2013 Australian Guild of Realist Artists, Winner of the Presidents Challenge
2013 S.H. Ervin Gallery, Salon de Refuse with portrait of Jacki Weaver
2012 Winner Surrealism prize, Mortimore Art Prize
2012 Finalist, Black Swan Portrait Prize
2012 Finalist, Portia Geach Portrait Prize
2012 Finalist, Cricket Art Prize
2012 Finalist, Waverley Art Prize
2012 Finalist, Xstrata Percival Portrait Award
2011 Semi-finalist, Charlatan Ink Art Prize in New York. 100 chosen internationally
2011 Finalist, Corangamarah Art Prize – conceit
2011 Finalist, Black Swan Portrait Prize
2011 Finalist, Mortimore Art Prize
2010 Finalist, Waverley Art Prize
2009 Finalist Black Swan Portrait Prize with portrait of Jonathon Welch
2009 Finalist in the ANL Mariners Art Prize
2008 Finalist, Black Swan Portrait Prize with portrait of Paul Mercurio
2008 Winner of the ‘Hidden Faces of the Archibald’ exhibition – portrait of Paul Mercurio
2008 Highly Commended in Windsor and Newton Designers’ Gouache Painting Competition
2008 Winner of the ‘Hidden Faces of the Archibald’ exhibition – portrait of Paul Mercurio


American Art Collector, January 2015, pg 125
International Artist, Edition 97, pg 7
Artist’s Palette, Edition 112, cover and pg 20 to 28
The Art of the Portrait, Issue 60, pg 15
American Art Collector, Issue 106, pg 83
Black Swan Heritage and Portrait Prize, 2013, featured in catalogue and image used on the front of a bus
3 x 3 Illustration Directory, pg 250

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