Jacqueline Ann Mason
I have always loved to draw from as far back as I can remember. My first painting was in one of those magic painting books. I must have been about two or three years old. I remember the wonder I felt when the water changed the colours of the page and a picture appeared. It is a feeling I try to recreate every time I paint or draw. Art is Magic.
I work from my home in Midsomer
I use a range of mediums, Acrylics, Watercolour, ink, pencil, oil & mixed medium. I particularly enjoy working in pastel, and more recently Chinese ink. I practice and use Japanese sumi-e and Chinese Xieyi and Gongbi style as a form of meditation and relaxation. And there are few things more fun than Pomo, a form of Chinese painting involving pouring and mixing paint directly on the paper.
My subjects are as varied as my mediums, I enjoy experimenting with different techniques and subject matter. I'm a keen illustrator and am working on illustrating my own book (I'm also a keen writer).
My History so Far
I was not born with what is often called natural talent, (very few Artists are) at least not in art. But my desire to draw and paint stayed with me, even when my early efforts met with less than enthusiastic responses. But I know what looks good and what doesn't. And perseverance eventually began to pay off.
In September 1994, I enrolled into the Art and Design foundation degree program at Milton Keynes College. The tutors were happy with my progress and I was overjoyed when two of my paintings were chosen for exhibition in the Winter Gardens exhibition hall.
After collage I painted on and off for a number of years. My favorite medium at that time was acrylics, and I loved painting animals. I soon had some commissions. Then in 2006 I was asked to paint my first large wall mural for a private collector. This was around the time we moved to Somerset.
From then on, I began to concentrate on pastels and charcoals (I really should have tried these earlier). The feel of the pastel or charcoal between your fingers has an unleashing affect. It's like getting inside your painting, then the image is easy to get down on to the paper. I had fallen in love with pastel. I also experimented with watercolour and inks.
More recently I have been busying myself studying art styles from around the world, Mexican, African, Aboriginal, and in particular the styles of Asia and the Middle east. I often blend these styles into my own and produce some interesting effects.
I'm a member of the SAA and recently a member of the Cam Valley Arts Trail. I am Exhibiting in the 2017 arts trail in November and will also be demonstrating Chinese brushstroke technique
Saturday and Sunday 4th & 5th November 11am to 5pm each day
Chinese brushstroke demonstration : Saturday 4th from 12.30 - 1.30pm
I have a number of other projects in the pipeline and hope to hold a solo exhibition in the near future.
Private collector Milton Keynes
Private collector Bletchley
Private collector Midsomer Norton
Private collector Bristol
Private collector Florida
Public display Chilcompton
World record breaking exhibition Nottingham
For a more about me and my history see my blog page.