I’m told I’ve drawn portraits from the age of 2. From age 5, I told anyone who would listen, “I want to be an artist.” Yet, my child-like gusto for the arts faded into discouragement in my early 20’s. I dropped out of my college art classes after only one semester. However, I’m back as an artist, thanks to God’s grace.
Important things to know about me include, that I have a great story, I believe in the power of prayer and the spiritual power of the arts. I’m also an infectiously passionate and hard working person.
Let me tell you a little story, so that you may get to know me better:
In the midst of my 7 year period of discouragement, working overtime as a nationally certified pharmacy technician in Kansas, God let me know, He was serious about me becoming a professional artist.
As much as I had learned from my late mentor, I needed new mentors to guide me in my professional career. I prayed and God delivered. My mentors are now the incredible ‘Painting Pastor,’ Jeff Sparks and Jerry Mosemak, graphic designer.
After much prayer, I left my full time job, not sure what was next. I unexpectedly accepted a part time position at my church the same day. This job allowed me the time and finances I needed to pursue my new career in art.
Today, I am represented by 2010 Gallery in Prairie Village, KS, where my mixed media series “Horse” resides. I also have a private collection in Houston, TX. I am a freelance graphic designer and frequently pick up commissions. I look forward to see what God has for me next.
Now, let me tell you a bit about my process.
My process revolves around the fact that, I am obsessed with bringing beauty from my subconscious to life. My subject matter is fueled by reflection upon the emotional impact of the spiritual lessons I discover.
My honesty, mixed with years of study, imparts a unique quality to my mixed media work. My style has historically ranged from abstract to hyper-realism. At this time, I am focused on contemporary realism. I work earnestly with thick layers to create rich textures, capturing the drama and elegance of everyday life.
Notable influences of my style include my late mentors, Mark Weber and David Gross, both internationally recognized artists. Mark Weber’s notes on my work include, “Your painting has wonderful color, energy and texture.” David Gross remarked, “I’ve never seen anyone with more natural talent.”
I am a life long student, analyzing creative work, even on the treadmill. I enjoy following the work of Jeremy Mann, Laura Wheeler Waring, Douglas Fryer and T. Allen Lawson, along with many others.
I have faith that my passion comes from God. He will use every moment of discouragement I’ve faced throughout my life, to not only fuel me onward and upward but to also encourage believers around me.
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Gina Jackson, Artist