Hi, my name is Jackie Norman and I live in Slough with my husband, Dave. We have two grown-up girls who have now left the nest. I hope you received my previous blog post, "Is Creativity Important?" earlier. Does creativity make you happy? I think it does and certainly at this time it is important to me and gives me focus, passes the time happily and it gives me an opportunity to share what I do.
I have always drawn and painted from an early age, especially since receiving a watercolour box as a prize for a piece of written work I had done. I am a Visual Artist working in acrylics, pastels, oils, pencils and charcoal, some watercolour, marbling and mixed media. Sometimes in encaustic, which is hot wax. However, over the years I have turned my hand to a variety of techniques i.e scraperboard, screen-printing, collage, etc. I love portraits in particular and figure drawing. I would say my work is mainly realistic as opposed to the abstract, except encaustic/marbling which lends itself to it. I generally though draw and paint from life, from photographs and what I see. I do have paintings for sale on my website.
As you can see from my Facebook page, I like variety and, as well as art, I like salsa and zumba dancing, aerobics, swimming, music, reading, puzzles and problem solving, as it keeps my brain active. I like to experiment with different materials and techniques and also turned my hand to some digital illustration. I love to paint in bright colours and like the play of light and shade. I particularly love the Impressionist painters and draw inspiration from them e.g. Degas, Manet, Monet, Seurat, Toulouse Lautrec etc. However, I look at a variety of artists like the pre-Raphaelites, Matisse and Sorolla, Anthony Hopkins, Rembrandt and Picasso.
I took early retirement after working in a school for over 18 years, where I worked with SEN children. This gave me the chance to do backdrop for plays and murals, display boards, face painting and helping out in the drawing and art lessons,
My work varies between:
Seascapes, nature and landscape, gardens, encaustic art, Windsor Castle, cityscapes, buildings, London scenes, people in an environment, pastel jazz pieces, pastel portraits, cafe scenes, portraits and portraiture, pet portraits, pen/ink drawings, still life, fruit paintings, floral paintings, biblical paintings, religious paintings.
You can find my work on my website which is:
Contact me for more information.