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, and have been filmed by Graeme Stevenson and Sophia Stacey to feature in Colour In Your Life, due to be aired shortly.
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.
Like I said, so much has happened and I am looking forward to seeing what the future brings. My experience with Colour In Your Life was sponsored by Hobbycraft and I am looking forward to repaying their generosity by taking part in some publicity events so watch this space and I'll keep you up-dated....