As a fourth generation artist, I was surrounded by art all my life.
My earliest memories of painting began when I was around 4 years old. Growing up with 7 brothers and sisters created some challenges for my mother, whose passion was creating beautiful works of art. Entertainment came in the form of building something, whether it was clay, paint, wood or paper. We were always creating something.
I can remember painting with my mother on the same canvas. She would start painting at the top of the canvas and I would start at the bottom. When I grew tired, she would finish the painting.
My mother and father opened the Ann Jackson Gallery in 1971. It is the oldest art gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. I always worked in the family business, representing well- known artists, but would continue to quietly paint when I could find time. Painting was something that I loved to do just for me.
In 1999, I gave birth to a medically fragile child. His only chance to live was to rely on machines for the first four years of his life. When he was born, I wanted to support other families who had medically fragile children but who did not have the support that I had. So I began having fundraisers. The first fundraiser, called Auction for Hope, was held at the gallery. People were excited to donate money for my paintings! It was at this event that I knew what my mission in life was: to paint and do good will.
Most of my paintings are of a turbulent sky crossing over a vast landscape, but somewhere above there is always a glimpse of a brighter day coming. I believe through adversity comes tranquility, and I want my paintings to reflect hope and tranquility.
I love all art, and found that creating abstracts gave me a good balance in my creative process. Although they are so different from my traditional landscapes, they give me great pleasure and the opportunity to just play with my paint.
Much of my inspiration comes from my travels through Morocco and France. Morocco is a country with many colors, with rich forests, mountains and the Sahara. Along with the Atlantic and Mediterranean, it is truly awe inspiring. The beautiful scenic landscape in the south of France has always been a great influence on me. My favorite place of all is Aix-En-Provence and, like so many famous artists before me, I go there for inspiration.