I invite you to view my recently updated web site now including my inventory of available originals at http://www.nikkisportraits.com/nikki-jacquin—visual-artist.html . Currently my selection of works on copper plate, leaf and incorporating copper wire are displayed there. Soon I plan to add a tab under this page for florals, plein air and urban landscapes; as well as figurative landscapes. These will all be originals currently available.
There is so much more that I want to explore with my work on copper including how to create larger images through the use of a mosaic tile configuration mounted on Masonite panel. I have already incorporated the use of chemical etching in smaller plates isolated by heavy gel medium and would also like to try stained glass fusion on copper. The copper I use has been sourced by the most ethical means possible. What I mean by this is that I have chosen to purchase copper already mined for other industries and repurposed it for art. The Dutch have painted still life and floral works on copper as a substrate since the late 1700’s and these works still survive today as a testament to the mediums longevity.
The Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park was my chosen subject for this series of work because it always has been a place of spiritual and mental restoration for my family and I. I was also a Guest Artist in Residence here for 3 years spending upwards of 6 weeks between May & Sept. there each year in a program made possible by a grant through the Sask Arts Board in a program called Art in the Park. This program was funded by various agencies and made possible by a Creative Partnership Grant between the Friends of Cypress and the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. During my time there I kept regular gallery hours and taught art classes to visitors in the park. I was also very fortunate to hike and paint the many 100’s of kilometers of trails both in the centre and west block areas of the park.
The paths I portray and the light that shifts and changes due to the use of copper as a substrate or applied medum are metaphors for the journey through personal struggle and pathways like labyrinths and pilgrimages that have historically been used to reconnect oneself to the spiritual. There are many pathways to God; music, study, prayer, tradition and nature are just a few. Nature and art have always been my preferred pathways. Whenever my life feels a little off kilter I can count on God’s creation and how he speaks through an artist’s work to recent research and still my spirit.
I look forward to revisiting the park this Sept. 15-22nd, 2017 when I lead a group of artists in Painting Plein Air in the Tradition of the Canadian Group of Seven in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday! You may still join us by registering prior to Aug. 30th by calling 1-877-335-7655 or by visiting http://www.nikkisportraits.com/Shop-Now.html then click “art holidays”.
The full itinerary may be viewed at https://nikkijacquinartist.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/4-plus-more-ways-to-increase-your-plein-air-skills/
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