Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacki Geary.
Jacki, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My journey as an artist began when I was very young. I loved to draw people, so you could always find me sketching a portrait. I also loved being creative with my clothing. I was a shy person, so my art and creativity let me express myself in ways words could not. I would sew beads on my jeans in different patterns, attach a ton of my mom’s earrings to a jacket, wear any color shoe I could find, always experimented with different hairstyles and raided my dad’s closet before school so I could wear his big sweaters or suit vests. (I’m thinking of bringing back the “dad vest”!)
From there, my creative nature lead me to study theater for years. Then while studying graphic design in college, I took a photography class and fell in love with the photographic process. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and had my own wedding and portrait photography business for a while. During my photography career, I began doing abstract painting as an artistic release because shooting weddings wasn’t exactly my cup of tea creatively. I loved the freedom in abstract painting and my palette knife is still my favorite tool to this day. I was able to phase out the wedding photography and stick solely to painting. Then, a few years ago, I decided to return to my first love of portraiture and began to mix the two styles of abstraction and female portraiture. These days, I like to experiment with different mediums, so it’s been a very fun and fulfilling journey thus far.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a portrait and figurative painter with most of my subjects being female. I paint mainly with acrylic and watercolors but I love pastels and charcoal, too. I paint because I have to be creating something all the time. Like a photograph, a painting is capturing a moment in time; freezing that emotion or thought. Through mood, texture, color and movement, I hope I can create something that resonates with my viewers. My subjects tend to have a sense of strength, yet are also juxtaposed with a slight vulnerability. The beauty of art is that the viewer can take away from it whatever they please. I may paint something that has one meaning to me, but has a totally different meaning to someone else. I love hearing how my work makes people feel or how they see themselves reflected in my work. Whether it’s good or bad, at least they feel something.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’re concerned about?
Artists have always been outspoken during times of change and difficulty in the world. Personally, my art is more psychological and about female strength in its many forms. Although, I’ve always painted in this way, it’s definitely important for me to keep portraying strong women in my work, especially at this time.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can see more of my work on my website at www.jackigearyart.com, where you can also sign up for my monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on all of my latest work, announcements, shows, etc. There is a link to my online shop on my website if anyone is interested in purchasing original art or prints.
- Website: www.jackigearyart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @jackigearyart
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JackiGearyArt