ARTIST: Jackie Curtis
EXHIBITION DATE: February/March 2016
STYLE OF WORK: Print making & water colour painting
STUDIO LOCATION: Bawdrip, Somerset
Equally at home with her watercolours or print making, Jackie’s work reflects the landscape she lives in and the creatures that dwell in it. Somerset is captured in all it’s glory whether it is the animals, birds, landscape or coastline and architecture, it is represented in her portfolio somewhere. Whilst on her travels Jackie likes to take a sketchbook and camera with her and so although her adopted home of Somerset may feature prominently there are plenty of other places that have inspired her work.
Time spent working in Cumbria is where the watercolour painting began for her and whilst she continues to enjoy explore this medium, it seems that her passion for printmaking may have found it’s natural home here in Somerset. “Much as I love watercolour, my real passion is for printmaking – it is a fabulous experience lifting the paper from a printing block to reveal a new creation.”
Feathers, sticks and plants are some of the natural objects that help to create the unique effect she looks for in the print process. The techniques she uses when printing include monoprinting, collagraph and woodblock. The results are both mystical and beautiful showing with each one the love and deep connection she has with the area of Somerset she now calls home. The Levels & Moors, the Polden Hills, Glastonbury Tor and the Somerset coastline are all expertly brought to life in her work.
Jackie is constantly exhibiting her work. Her Sugar Cube show comes in the wake of other local exhibitions at For Every Cloud in Langport and the John Leach Gallery Christmas in Mulchenley. She is an enthusiastic supporter and participant in Somerset Art Weeks and opens her studio for this event bi-annually. If you’re interested in visiting her Bawdrip based studio not far from Bridgwater, then she is happy to receive visitors on prior arrangement.