Jackie Cox

Jackie Cox

I inherited a talent for drawing from my grandparents who were both commercial illustrators. When I left school at 16, I started my working life as an animal nurse and found the inpatients made good subjects to study! I took an ‘A’ level in Art at Woolwich College and then realised that I had a irresistible itch to paint. I became a self-employed artist in 1984. At first many of my commissions were, unsurprisingly, animal portraits but gradually I took on more varied subjects.

I started working in watercolours, quickly discovering that pastels provided a perfect medium for fur. Since then my insatiable curiosity has led me to try many different mediums and techniques and during a diploma course in counselling I discovered abstracts and art therapy.

I am fascinated in colour and light and the power of art to soothe, delight or challenge the viewer. I have concentrated on trying to portray the beauty of the world around us and hopefully through that remind people of the importance of looking after the natural world. I will continue to constantly challenge myself to experiment and evolve as an artist and enjoy the adventure!