Art Talks with Jackie Green

"It makes me feel happy. I just love painting, it’s also an escape for me and sometimes I think it's an addiction. I want to do it all the time."

Yogat Artist Jackie Green

Jackie's studio in Blairgowrie, VIC

Tell us a little about yourself. Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m an abstract artist, I love texture, and colour. I paint with emotion and passion and intuitively.  I sometimes don’t know what I’m going to paint it just evolves. Other times, I know what I’m going to paint, I’ll be influenced by something it might be walking in the laneways of Melbourne, an old sign, or collecting seaweed on a beach walk.

How does creating art make you feel?
It makes me feel happy. I just love painting, it’s also an escape for me and sometimes I think its an addiction. I want to do it all the time.

Did you know you would always be an artist?
As a child I was always drawing I loved drawing trees and then it was Holly Hobby and it was lettering I wanted to be an artist thought about being a cartoonist I a was a straight A student for art. I loved PE and Art at school and wasn’t sure how I would make money out of either at the time. One day walking to school I saw this guy paint a sign and I watched it evolve and then I started at Melbourne College of Decoration the next year. I achieved a honors for pictorial art and gold leaf work. Then I went to Melbourne school of art and Photography.

Why is art important in today's society?
I think Art makes people feel happy it changes the mood, someone has created something unique a piece of them. I love going to people’s homes and feeling their home, seeing their style. With so many things being mass produced I think its even more important than ever to have art.

What influences your style or approach to creating art?
It changes all the time, it can be from a holiday, a great experience, a road trip, love a road trip, staying in motels, I love retro and vintage old signs, 60 and 70’s style, mid century design. Then I can be influenced by running along our amazing coastline, I’m always collecting something. My husband says what have you got now! I’m forever taking photos and collecting objects to paint or to use in an artwork. Other times I can just put my Jackie’s random song playlist on and feel the paint, I get it everywhere, I’m not neat I like to feel it.

How has your practice changed over time?
I’m always changing I use to paint with enamel when I had my studio in Port Melbourne, I love the smell of enamel paint. I mainly use acrylics now I use to use more Blue Hues and Green I seem to paint more pinks these days, I love pink and red together and blue and green together I’m always changing, I like to use different mediums like a mad scientists sometimes. I’m experimenting with sand and mixing paint with the Lilly sternums at the moment.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
Personal Stylist - Style with Cindy
Business Development manager - AFI Branding
Account manager - Image box,
Graphic design - Scott Animation,
Sign writer - Insigns, WhitSunday Signs

Some would say the artistic life can be lonely? Do you agree, and if so what do you do to counteract it?
When I did my Myers Briggs test I’m actually on the boarder of introvert and extrovert, more introvert. I love painting in my studio alone, it’s my time. with 3 active young boys I love my quiet time I don't find it lonely at all.

Name three artists you're inspired by?

Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Lola Donoghue

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Follow your gut and believe in you.

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