Ginger Fig Gallery
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I started to paint and draw seriously in my early teens continuing through university producing posters and artwork for college events and magazines. My first job took me to Cumbria where I first started to use watercolours joining evening classes and finding inspiration in the magnificent landscape around me. When I moved to Somerset I became more self sufficient painting on my own with a variety of influences from the Somerset levels; wildlife and nature; marine painting and scenes from our travels. I nearly always travel with a sketch book, paints and a camera to capture the scenes around me. I love painting with watercolours, they are so immediate and lively (although unforgiving) each colour with its own properties. The colours are vibrant and can be built up to give real depth. I particularly enjoy painting water and boat scenes and love the effects of reflections in water. There is nothing better than a beautiful summer’s day with Indian Yellow for the sunlight and some strong purples in my pallet for warm shadows. I have also become fascinated with printmaking - it is a fabulous experience lifting the paper from a printing block to reveal a new creation. I enjoy the spontaneity of monoprints building movement into the ink with sticks, rags, feathers and cotton buds – waiting with anticipation for the printed result. My collagraphs use glue and materials such as hessian, veneers, reeds and wood grain to build contrasts in texture. I am always on the lookout for fabrics, materials and natural items to print with. I also enjoy more precise printmaking techniques producing more structured bold designs and patterns in linocuts, woodblocks and reduction prints. I participate annually in Somerset Arts Week which is a fantastic experience and it is great to discuss my work with visitors and to have some feedback. I have developed my own website www.jcurtisart.com showcasing some of my art work. I run printmaking workshops in my studio primarily for monoprinting which have proved very popular. I am one of the exhibitors in 2011 John Leach Summer Exhibition in Muchelney.
Jackie Curtis - Pecking Order
Jackie Curtis - Pecking Order
Jackie Curtis - Longtailed Tits
Jackie Curtis - Longtailed Tits
Jackie Curtis - Summer Tor
Jackie Curtis - Summer Tor
 
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