How did art find you?
My darling mother and father gave me an art easel for my 4th birthday, complete with a set of paints. Thats when the affair with art began!
When did you decide to become an artist?
I decided to become an artist when I was about 5 or 6, but my older childhood friends told me I couldn't make any money being an artist so I should choose another job. I remember thinking I should work as a pig farmer instead because I liked animals. I found my way back to taking art seriously after studying interior design for a year and really struggling with finding any passion for it. I switched to visual art and stopped worrying about career prospects. Since then I have been doing my art part time and working part time in ebbs and flows and it works well for me.
Please tell us a bit about you and your artwork?
I am 29 years old, and I live on the coast of New South Wales in Australia. I grew up in a town nearby with my mum, dad and little sister. The town is by the sea but I'm actually a bit afraid of the ocean.
I have a partner, Travis, a cat, Paul and a baby boy Felix. I love all of them very much.
When I make my artwork, Sometimes I think about the ways that people remember things, and how mementos such as photographs and souvenirs can change what we might have remembered without them. I enjoy painting and drawing everyday moments for people, things that ordinarily might not seem very important but that I think are beautiful and peaceful. I also paint a lot of animals, I like to think about how they have their own memories, stories and ways of seeing that are locked up forever in their minds.
What is your favourite medium, technique?
My favourite medium is gouache on paper, though recently I have started to paint with Gouache on wood as an experiment.
Do you have a favourite colour?
My favourite colour is green.
Who was or is your favourite Art Teacher and why?
My favourite art teacher was one of my lecturers from University who was often seen to be a bit nasty because he was so direct and often said things that people didn't want to hear. He always encouraged me to get into the zone with my work and never asked me to explain myself. He would get angry if I showed up to get my name marked off the roll because he would rather me be working 'I know you are always here Jackie! just go paint!'.
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by animals, objects, photographs and hand crafts.
Why do you think Art is key?
Art unlocks a part of me that helps me trust my intuition, it is grounding and helps me to notice more about my everyday world. For audiences, art can do a similar thing in drawing attention to details and ways of seeing that might be new or forgotten. This is because looking at art disconnects people from their routine, and often takes them to a different place in their minds - one that it quiet, thoughtful and questioning.
If you could ask your favourite artist any question, what would it be?
I would ask about their daily routine, very specifically. What is it exactly that makes up your day and work practice and in what order do things happen?
When creating with children what are three things that work wonders?
Storytelling has always been a great tool for working with children, whether that means that they respond to an existing story, or invent a narrative of their own to go along with their creations.
Could you share with us 3 Artist you follow in Instagram?
Izumi Kato @izucat692
Lynda Draper @lynda_draper