Vicki Jackson APANZ
The author of Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White, said, “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”
With a love of wildlife, ecology and the natural environment, I am grateful to be able to combine my passions. Working primarily in pastel for the softness it imbues often combined with mixed media, I strive to capture the majesty of the natural world with evocative artworks.
Self taught, the style of my work has evolved organically from experimenting with varied mediums, mark making and colour. There is a constant interplay between the intuitive and restraint. I like to combine realism with abstract elements and a spectrum of colours. What exhilarates me most about the art process is twofold: honing my skills and exploration.
Like all artists, I draw inspiration from everywhere. Anything that stirs the soul. Working from photos and memory, much is garnered from the wild. Be it meandering or doing the quick step with nature through the bush, along with jaunts on the water in a kayak. Living in the present with all of the senses awakened. Soaking up the wondrousness of every moment and the thrill of the imminent surprise. Shifting between different lenses, both literally and figuratively. These intimate awe inspiring experiences light the flame that leads to a flood of ideas and long dreamy thoughts, as you let the imagery distill. Some of these ideas become springboards for other ideas, others are put on the back burner to incubate. I am always striving to create my best piece. My aspiration as an artist and a human being is to always explore, observe and learn.
My artworks are an ode to existence, uniqueness, spectacular and subtle beauties and the poignant transience of our wildlife. Preservation of our cherished taonga amidst adversity is a recurring theme in my work.