"Movement and illusion are created by the brush marks and colour which in turn reflect the environmental influences of a moment. I listen to eclectic music podcasts sent by friends while working in the open air on a cold bright spring evening or cosy in a tiny winter studio with my dogs beside the warm radiator late at night. All these elements make creative differences.
I live in Cornwall for much of the year watching the water, sails and skies. I'm a keen paddleboarder and so often paddle and sail along creeks and out to sea watching yachts and fishing boats as the weather changes, creating new colours and moods and the movement I want to capture.
The sport content of my painting naturally evolved because of my experiences on the water, rowing and paddleboarding on the River Thames, sailing, and paddling around the Cornish creeks and rivers. These elements continue to be very influential on my work, and so racing yachts during Falmouth or Cowes Weeks, rowers at Henley Royal Regatta and coastal seascapes are frequent subjects. My interest in horse racing paintings and horse portraits continues to develop the sports aspect of my work mainly through commission requests.
Sketching on location is a luxury, but for me photography is vital to use alongside visual memory, particularly when I'm travelling. The inspirational moments are sudden and can disappear in just a few seconds, so the drawers and walls in my Buckinghamshire studio are crammed with photos and cuttings sometimes waiting years to be the spark that initiates an idea or painting."
Jacquie has a degree in Fine Art and studied at Winchester School of Art when the inspirational Gillian Ayres CBE RA was head of painting.
After graduating she supported herself working at Marlborough Fine Art in London which represents Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Graham Sutherland and Frank Auerbach. Jacquie moved to the Arts Council working part time and then briefly to The Tate Gallery before leaving to paint full time.
Jacquie exhibits her sailing and marine paintings throughout the year in Cornwall, and The Linda Blackstone Gallery in London has represented her work for many years at Art fairs in London and major cities around the world. In 2022 she exhibited at the Henley Royal Regatta and has recently held one-woman exhibitions in Henley on Thames as well as the Royal Automobile Club in London, where Jacquie has been invited to show again in 2024.