Jackie Jones is a designer and artist, medium of choice is oil paint, charcoal, or gouache. Her artwork is rooted in the spirit of celebrating color and nature. Often the practice of creating the artwork itself is a method of meditation, a study on the passage of time. She has two young daughters, operated a graphic design firm for over a decade, studied art restoration in Florence, Italy, and holds a BA in Fine Art and Art History from the University of San Diego.
We are a series of moments, which are cataloged through us by time. Time is understood by us through nature; the turning of the moon, the cycle of the sun. In my current series, I am celebrating the transition from one moment to the next by documenting the lunar phase in its cycle, or the time of day through its length of shadow.
The simple, and efficient nature that both charcoal and gouache offer allows me to work quickly and with instinct, as if trying to match the speed at which that moment I aim to capture is spinning. The moon reveals herself with full clarity near the last minutes of drawing, as does the time of day in each collage with the sun or moon and shadows being the last elements placed on the landscape. The anticipation of completion of each piece for me is almost a mini simulation of the reveal of an earthly sunrise or sunset, waiting and watching the unfolding until the apex has arrived and you realize the transition was seamless and encompassing.
I look to the sky and ground to tell me my place in the day, I rely on those cues for assurance and familiarity of forward motion. The physical act of creating this series has become my method for balance and stillness amidst the chaos and slippery hours.
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