You will realise at this point that the Artist whose work I am putting under the spotlight is related to me!
She is in fact my daughter and, like any parent I am extremely proud of her accomplishments; especially in the field of Encaustic Art.
When I review her journey as an artist I never cease to be amazed at what she has done.
I will list her accomplishments.
* She is completely self-taught. When given an Encaustic Art set as a present by my brother way back in 1997 she was the very first person to even hear about this art form in South Africa . She set out to learn the techniques.
* Since then she has:
+ 'appeared' on Radio
+ appeared on Television
+ had magazine articles written about her and her work ~ all to demonstrate her art
+ appeared at Church and School Fund Raising functions and at Art Association meetings.
+ made presentations and been appointed to an Art Commission at the University of Zululand - Umlazi Campus - to promote the reinstatement of Art and Culture programmes into the Education Curriculum for Schools in KwaZulu Natal that had been suspended during the Apartheid years.
+ visited Westville Prison - Young Offenders Wing - to assist in the rehabilitation of young men - assisting Social Welfare and a team of Writers and Artists. This she did by teaching them how to paint using Encaustic Art. The head of Social Welfare at the prison stated that she had changed the consciousness of many young men simply by believing in them and taking the time to get involved.
+ taught over 3000 school children and was in demand to visit schools as she showed that anyone can be an artist if they set their mind to it.
+ taught many adults including artists who were well established in their field. One such man was the official portrait painter of M. Georges Pompidou of France. One youngster who visited her stand at a Flea Market had 'lost' both his hands in an accident when a child. Already a gifted portrait artist he amazed crowds of people by mastering the use of the hot iron and stylus using the stumps of his wrists!
+ made presentations at the HobbyEx exhibitions in Randburg, RSA, and demonstrated to many thousands of people.
+ painted over 15000 original paintings - 5000 of which were presented to every delegate of the World Association of Flower Arrangers when their annual convention was held in Durban.
One of the things that I have never grown tired of is the way the jaws drop when she demonstrates her work to a crowded hall of people. An A5 painting can take as little as 3 minutes from start to finish and when done she picks up the card she has painted and polishes it with some tissue.
Heat is the solvent and the wax cools rapidly.
At the University of Zululand there were well over 250 delegates including the Chancellor and several world renowned African artists. Even though one of them had seen her work before he, too, was amazed for she completed an A5 painting of the rolling hills of KwaZulu Natal, fields of sugar cane, a cloudy blue sky with circling birds, a pan - or spring fed pool - with wild flowers and dragon flies ~ all in 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
Why not visit Jacquie's Web Site to see her work for yourselves?