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The Story So Far...

Jackie Anderson is a New Zealand born artist who has recently moved to Newcastle Australia with her young family to pursue her art career. Winning a national art competition at the tender age of 5, art very much runs through her veins and with incredibly encouraging parents Jackie was able to explore her creativity throughout her childhood.

After completing high school, Jackie studied visual arts, majoring in painting, at the University of Auckland and upon graduating worked in a commercial gallery where she immersed herself in the work of some of her greatest influencers. Before long, travel and adventure were calling and Jackie embarked on a career in visual merchandising and interior styling working for furniture and homewares brands in Sydney and London.

It was these years that set the foundation for Jackie's art which is inspired by travel and the process of journey and storytelling. She paints intuitively from impressions of moments from her life and blurs the timeline between past and present, real and imagined. This duality of opposites is at the core of her art practice.

Jackie's work is characterised by her confident use of colour and abstract shapes or marks. She uses visual imagery to build abstracted and re-arranged landscapes that are unrestricted by traditional notions of scale, perspective or time. Her paintings are vivid and bold yet on closer inspection reveal stunning subtle details which encourage viewers to ponder and reflect in a more considered manner.

It was this intriguing combination that captured the attention of Pip Brett, art curator and owner of national online homewares store Jumbled. Jackie applied for their Jumbled Art Superstar competition in early 2019 which aimed to uncover new art from emerging designers, and was soon selected as the winner from over 120 applications. Pip said it was Jackie's use of colour and pattern that excited her, and that intuition was right, with Jackie's first Jumbled commission selling on the first day in store.

Jackie now paints full time in her sunny Newcastle-based studio while juggling her role as mum to two young children. She is absolutely in her happy place and can't wait to see what the next 12 months will bring.