Nancy Jackson, artist, Alberta, Canada. Inspired by natural world life-scapes to flesh out ordinary elements in a way that they aren’t really so ordinary.
Nancy Jackson, Canadian artist is featuring watercolors and acrylic of nature. Most of paintings are quite large and they are oil, acrylic or watercolor.
Web: www.jacksonfineart.ca Ph:403-227-1760 or 403-350-8125
Studio: 35077 Rge Rd #10, Red Deer County, AB Canada T4G 0M8
Commissioning art by private requests.
I hope to use my skills in any media to meld bone, stone and feather to flesh out a vision of the natural world or paint ordinary elements in a way that they aren’t really so ordinary; all the things we sometimes miss.
I am constantly inspired by a love of the natural world, wildlife and horses in particular, drawing upon history, legends, spirituality, imagination and life experiences to compose inimitable life-scapes of the past, present and future. In my work I hope that you can appreciate the wind caressing the prairie grasses or gently lifting and playing with the hairs of a paint horse’s tail as it rests. I hope to share my love of the other creatures that share this earth with us by capturing moments in their lives; a hummingbird searching for food, a snowy owl resting between hunts or a cowboy’s dog waiting to be set on cattle. Many of my paintings feature the western lifestyle because that is where I live but many of my paintings feature places I have been, landscapes that I have appreciated and moments in time that needed to be captured. All of my paintings ask a subtle question about themselves, some of them more than one. I feel that seeking that question is the mystery that exists in all art that the viewer has to look for and appreciate in a world that rushes by itself without ever really looking.
From the time that I was a young child I drew and created but, as I grew older I pursued a career in finance and accounting because it was a logical thing to do. In the early 1990’s, after deciding to leave a very lucrative job that bored me to tears, I made a bucket list of sorts asking myself what things I would regret if I didn’t ever do them. Learning to paint with oils was one of those things on the list and as soon as I could I found a teacher that I respected and went to work.
Clearly it was meant to be. She taught me the technical aspects of how to use the tools but the rest, as in subject matter, composition and colours came effortlessly. Once I had been painting with oils for over a decade I found myself experimenting with other media, mixing natural elements of bone and stone into my creations and that somehow led me to watercolours. I started taking intense summer courses and, once I again learned how to use the tools, found my rhythm in watercolours.
That little bucket list of sorts forced me out of my comfort zone and led me to a place where I am very satisfied to spend days painting or writing or creating in some fashion. It taught me to let go sometimes and just feel the things around me and see them for how truly fabulous and remarkable they are; how perfect in creation the universe is. My hope is that through my art and writing I can help others pause for that moment and just reflect on something beautiful that they may have never noticed or thought about.
As an artist, I have participated in the Calgary Stampede Western Showcase Art Auction, several cowboy poetry art shows, Ponoka Stampede Art Show, Calgary Art Market and Medicine Hills Art Show. I rarely have time to participate in art shows these days, although I continue to submit to the Calgary Stampede.
I took lessons for a few years and then I started to branch out on my own and I often take an intensive art course each summer through a local college just to bring new skill sets and ideas to my work.