Jackie Curtis is an artist that produces colourful, vibrant watercolours and linocuts, woodblock and reduction prints that are often inspired by the countryside and places that captured her heart. Her love of wildlife and travelling, her sense of capturing the natural beauty in often rural situations is portrayed in a tranquil and beautiful way. We were delighted to be able to showcase a selection of Jackie’s artwork. We personally loved her paintings from Italy and Denmark, they gave us the urge to get on a plane and enjoy the culture of a different land!
“My printmaking techniques include monoprints, collagraphs, linocuts and woodblocks. I am always on the look out for materials and textures to print – from onion nets to reeds and grasses from the river bank.” Jackie Curtis
Self taught or art school?
Largely self-taught, but I have attended a variety of courses and workshops through the years.
If you could own one work of art what would it be?
I would love an authentic Japanese woodblock – I admire design, colours and immense skill of the artists.
How would you describe your style?
I don’t think I can; my style is still developing and tends to be completely different depending on the medium or technique I am using – my printmaking varies from impressionistic monoprints through strong designs in my linocuts to woodblocks that seek to flow with the natural grain and shape of the wood.
Where are your favourite places to view art?
Studios and little galleries preferably when I have spare time on my hands and can just explore at my leisure. I like it best when I can meet the artist and see where and how they work and get a feel for their inspiration.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
As a teenager we went on a school trip to see an Edward Hopper exhibition in London, the loneliness and isolation in his work is something I will never forget.
What or who inspires your art?
My working methods need firsthand experience so much of my inspiration is found close at hand in the Somerset Levels where I live, but I find inspiration all around me. I always try to carry a camera and generally have a sketch book at hand – on the lookout for that spark of a new idea as well as new textures and materials to print with. I come home from a walk with all sorts of bit and bobs. I come home from holiday with materials from hardware shops to print with rather than souvenirs! I even dreamt one picture – woke up and scribbled it down.
Where’s your studio and what’s it like?
My studio is one half of the garage with a summer-house attached. The light in the studio is lovely and there is lots of work space. The studio is full of trinkets and finds, little nuggets of inspiration! I have now taken over the other half of the garage with my printing press which means it’s a bit of a challenge, to dive in and out-of-doors, when it’s raining!
Do you have any studio rituals?
None that I know of! Our dog doesn’t like me being in the studio and tries to collect me to bring me back indoors.
What are you working on currently?
I am busy getting work together for a solo printmaking exhibition who’s theme is birds and the Somerset countryside
Where can we buy your art?
I have a website http://www.jcurtisart.com and my work can be found at Ginger Fig in Taunton. I have an exhibition in Bridgwater Arts Centre in April and the studio will be open for Somerset Open Studios in September.
What are your ambitions
To have the luxury of enough time to be able to keep pace with the ideas in my head.