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The flow and mingling of watercolor on paper is delightful to Jakkie Lease when she’s able to achieve serendipitous, spontaneous results. Though she has painted with other mediums such as oil, and acrylic, she finds the transparency of watercolor to be the especially exciting. It’s the only medium that lets the luminous white of her paper show through the jeweled tone glazes she carefully applies.
She credits her vast experience with specialty quilting as her first and best lessons on color theory, pattern selection, and the uses of light and shadow. Those skills, which translate so easily to painting, are the foundation she draws from to make her artistic choices. One choice she claims she rarely makes is the subject of a painting. Jakkie says subjects choose her, “A line of little dancers in a recital, friends hugging, walking in the rain and enjoying a moment together, a beach at sunset, or snow on the trees near my home, all compel me to capture life’s precious moments!”
Jakkie is a member of the Western Maryland Watercolor society as well as the Allegany Arts Council and Allegany Area Art Alliance. She is also involved with several online groups focusing on watercolor painting and crazy quilting, sometimes serving as staff and even publishing step by step lessons through those organizations. She mentors with Atlanta, GA
, award winning artist, Jerry Hetrick, and has also studied with Harry Mandel, Vera Dickerson, Bob Yonkee, Lynn Ferris and David Daniels. Her paintings and crazy quilt needlework are currently showing at The Gallery in Oakland, MD, Rocky Gap Lodge, the Culinary Café, the Gilchrist Gallery WMWS room, Schwarzenbach WMWS Gallery and ever-changing venues in Cumberland, MD. Her award winning art is hanging in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.