I live in the countryside of Leicestershire, where Charnwood Forest, the ancient Bradgate estates and trees, the tip of the Pennines, Reservoirs, Hugh Latimer,
Monasteries, Roman roads and beautiful countryside all seem to join
together - it's interesting.
My Grandfather started me off at a very early age with Watercolour and
this was my main media for many years. I've also worked in Pastels and Oil
Pastels, Acrylics, Oils and Gouache. Oils I tend to paint wet-on-wet,
especially for the technique of Tole painting, Pen & Ink are still firm
favorites, most of my current work is in Oils, Pastels
Following normal schooling was a two year City and Guilds Laboratory
I then joined the Women's Royal Air Force and attained HND
equivalent as a Draughtswoman and Photographic Interpreter.
I later managed the Drawings and Records Office of Soar Division, part of the Severn Trent Water Authority,
leaving them to have my
I made time to study, obtained a teaching certificate and during the last
eighteen years I have traveled the country teaching Oil painting
via workshops and on a group basis. I've demonstrate painting techniques and products for Art Material
companies at Art shows, also demonstrations to Art Societies and Clubs. I've authored numerous magazine articles,
produced four videos, the Oils Interactive CD ROM and more recently the Art-E-Books.
I've had my art work exhibited at the Royal Birmingham Society
of Artists, the Derby Open and the Leicester City Open, also others around
the Midlands and in the South.
I'm the founder of Zest-it® and our range of products, which came about because I wanted a better environment to work and teach in - than the constant smell of 'turps'!
The idea of using anything other than 'turps' was greeted with derision - but you have to do 'what feels right to you' and keep your own council!
I enjoy life, painting, teaching, family, friends, the
countryside and my dogs - but not necessarily in that order!
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Jacqui at jacquiblackman dot co dot uk