Jacky Pearson

Jacky is fascinated by light and atmospheric effects which is the driving force for her to paint. She painted with oils for many years but has now become totally committed to the transparent effects of watercolours. Using, mainly a wet on wet and impressionistic, “alla prima” approach, watercolours provide the mood, sense of freedom and spontaneity that Jacky aims to convey in her work. She loves painting streets, full of life, but keeps coming back to maritime scenes as she has lived with boats since she was a child and now both her children are keen sailors. She undertakes detailed sketches and draft-paintings on site and completes her finished paintings in her studio.

Jacky was born in 1958 in the UK and moved to New Zealand in 1991. Jacky has painted and drawn all her life but initially followed a career in environmental conservation. After attending workshops with many of the world’s top watercolour artists Jacky now paints full-time. She exhibits regularly including a solo exhibitions have included 40 paintings representing the complete series of all New Zealand's classical coastal lighthouses. These were the originals from her series of the three Lighthouses of New Zealand calendars (2000, 2001 and 2003).

Jacky is a member of Watercolour New Zealand and has represented New Zealand at the 2006/7 International Biennial Watercolour exhibition/competition and was subsequently selected to represent New Zealand in their permanent collection at the International Museum of Watercolours in Mexico. Jacky has won numerous awards including the 2009 and 2010 Raye Hannan Memorial Trophy for the best watercolour in all categories at the Royal Easter Show in Auckland. In 2010 Jacky also won the Gold Medal for Most Successful Artist at the Royal Easter Show. Her work features in a book “NZ in Watercolour” and she has been selected for the 2010 North American watercolour book “Splash 11”.

Jacky is an experienced art tutor and currently holds regular lessons through the Hutt Art Society and holds workshops around New Zealand and abroad including Art in Action (CASS), Kurrajong, Australia, Holland, Belgium, India and UK. Jacky has a web site to visit on www.jackypearson.com and she can be emailed through the site.