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Jacqui Beck

Artist Statement

Painting offers me the practical and metaphorical reminder that there are always opportunities to move forward and change. Working primarily with acrylics, there is no such thing as a “mistake.” I add another layer, another texture, and the painting gradually emerges.

Using acrylic paint, collaged materials, pencils, and pastels, I will often have ten or more layers of media, with the subterranean layers adding depth and texture. I enjoy the interplay of complements and the use of grayed colors against bright. The richness of color used by the Impressionists and Post Impressionists has influenced my style, as has the sense of design in the works of Richard Diebenkorn and William Cumming.

My current work is a series titled Tribal Suite, a celebration of the interconnectedness of everything. It originated from my own feelings of lack of a closely connected tribe of my own, and my realization that I have to create this for myself. I have felt the need for deep roots of tradition and celebration. These paintings bring forth different aspects of connection between people, as well as with the natural and spiritual worlds. In this series I celebrate life, growth, and connection.


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