Hi I'm Jacqui Kiff.
I started painting and drawing in March of 2013. After breaking my wrist and causing enough damage to my right hand, I was forced to give up my 16 year career as a qualified pharmacy technician.
During my convalescence, I became hooked on the Painting and Drawing Channel. I was dying to have a go at creating a picture but couldn't find any inspiration. That was until I met Measles! He had just arrived at the livery yard where my eldest daughter keeps her horses. I took one look at this huge horse with pink eyes and felt compelled to paint a picture of him. His face was-how shall I say this?-interesting. My daughter showed the painting to Measles' owner who was overwhelmed and, well ,frankly refused to part with it! This gave me such a thrill and a feeling of pride, that when approached by 17 other horse owners on the yard, how could I say "no"?
The knock on effect that this has had has led me to realise that I have found the missing piece of me and, well, I don't want to stop.
I have had a go at a variety of media and love the texture of the velour paper for the pastel paintings of the animals.
There's nothing else to say really, except that I hope you enjoy browsing through my gallery!
It's been over four years since I set up this website , so it's probably time for a quick catch up. So much has happened. I have done countless commissions and exhibited my work. I have completed 2 years of a Fine Art BA (Hons) Degree Course at Glyndwr School of Creative Arts, Wrexham, North Wales. I have been filmed by Graeme Stevenson and Sophia Stacey as a feature artist in Colour In Your Life, due to be aired on Sky Tv shortly and is currently showing as a video on You Tube. I am very grateful to Hobbycraft in Chester for their generosity in sponsoring me for the show, allowing me the experience, and also to a very kind lady, Val, who saw my work in a gallery, heard about me being sponsored for the programme and gave a very generous contribution.
COLOUR IN YOUR LIFE
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I took a break from painting animal portraiture and have been studying human portraiture, which I am finding very challenging but very rewarding. I am fascinated by the works of Caravaggio, even more so since I went to the 'Beyond Caravaggio' exhibition at the National Gallery, London in January of this year. I have recently begun studying classical, traditional oil painting and have found artists such as Lance Richlin and David Gray to be extremely helpful in this venture.
I'm currently working on some very rewarding projects which involve working with the mental health units at a couple of local hospitals. After all that art has given me since my accident, I am excited to be able to give something back.
It is now the start of 2020 and time to give my website an overhaul. The last few years have been very challenging on a personal level, but I am once again finding solace in front of my easel and fully intend to remain there for the foreseeable.
There is a programme with the title "What do Artists do all day?" I can't help but laugh at the genius of the title as it causes me to ask the same question of my life as an artist. In a nutshell - I have spent the last 6 years raising my 2 youngest children entirely on my own, I was carer for my grandson for a year, as he needed to be fed through a naso-gastric tube, then went on to university for 3 years. I have been working on renovating my 135 year old cottage, which has been literally falling apart at the seams (my first year's university student grant and loan paid for a new roof, which collapsed and caused a dozen other issues) and I am also making slow progress on turning my garage into a work studio and gallery for my art, which is really exciting. Until very recently, I coordinated a community art and craft group. I completed 2 commissioned projects for the Canal and Rivers Trust, celebrating 10 years since the inscription of our local area being given World Heritage status! I involved the members of my art and craft group and other local community groups allowing them to contribute their talents to the projects. These events have effected a change in my artistic direction, however, a turn of events has offered me the opportunity to get back on track.
The events of the last few years have sent me on a very interesting (albeit alternative) journey and I have learned many lessons. My children are growing up and, one by one leaving the nest to fulfill their own destiny, so I am going to take this opportunity (gratefully accepting the help and support offered by family, friends, Women's Aid and my local Jobcentre(!)) and aim to enjoy this gift that has been given to each and every one of us.