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Feature Artist Bio
By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the second of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by contemporary
American landscape painter Jacquelyn Blue (born 1942 in Irvington, N.J.).
Jacquelyn Blue has been an artist for as long as she can remember. As a kid, she and her twin sister would draw on newsprint with charcoal while watching the John Gnagy “Learn to Draw” art show on TV. She grew up in a small town in New Jersey but moved to California after high school. She graduated with honors from California State University with a degree in Art History. Fortunately, she took some valuable drawing and design classes while pursuing her history degree.
Her best decision was signing on for workshops with Kim Lordier and Richard McKinley, who influenced and encouraged her return to fine art. She went on to study with Lynn Gertenbach, John Budicin, Susan Ogilvie and, more recently, Barbara Jaenicke. She continues a mentorship with Richard McKinley, who travels to Santa
Barbara every spring for a reunion/workshop that is always inspiring. Jackie realizes how fortunate it is that today’s artists are able to receive such fabulous instruction both in the field and online.
Jackie’s work has been accepted into many prestigious exhibitions and she has been awarded her Signature Membership in the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Recently, her pastel, “Illuminated Wave” was juried into the International Association of Pastel Societies’ show held at the Salmagundi Art Club in New York. In 2014 she was commissioned by the Santa Monica Conservancy to paint King Gillette Ranch as a gift for the outgoing Los Angeles County Supervisor, Zev Yaroslavsky.
Jackie’s first love is oil and pastel painting en plein air. Not only does it give her an excuse to be in the outdoors (the reason she moved to California), but provides endless inspiration for new paintings. She still paints with her twin and sometimes they collaborate on a single painting.
Shows and Awards
-Three of Jacquelyn's pastel paintings were in the top 15% Favorites in the FASO Bold Brush Contest in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
-She recently completed a commission for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, "King Gillette Ranch".
-Jacquelyn's pastel painting, "Illuminated Wave", was exhibited this year at the Salmagundi Art Club in NYC in the International
Association of Pastel Societies' Juried Exhibition.
"Summer Reflections" was juried into the 2013 "Pastels USA" show.
-"Egrets Take Flight" was juried into the 2010 "Pastels USA" show
held at the Los Gatos Museum of Art.
-"Afternoon Delight" was juried into the 2009 "Pastels USA" show held at the Triton Museum.
-In 2008 "Fall Reflections" won 2nd prize at MAA's Emeritus College Gallery show.
-"After the Storm" won 3rd place at the 2008 "Women Painters West" show at the Creative Arts Center.
-"Waltz of the Wildflowers" was juried into the Creative Arts Center show and was on display at the historic Blinn House in Pasadena.
-"Goleta Estuary" and "Malibu Lagoon" were juried into the Pastel Society of the West Coast's annual membership show at the Vacaville Museum.
-In March, 2007 Jackie's pastel "Luminous Horizons" received a 2nd place award at the MAA juried member's show and "Sierra Vista" won 1st prize in the June, 2007 show.
-Jacquelyn's work was selected for juried shows at the Santa Monica Gallery and the California Heritage Museum. Her pastel, "Sunrise at Latigo" won first place in the Malibu Art Association's juried show at the Santa Monica Gallery in 2006 and her "Golden Hills" mixed media (watercolor & pastel) was included in the May, 2006 Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc. annual juried exhibition, juried by Tyler Stallings, Chief Curator of the Laguna Art Museum.
January 28, 2017
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Jacquelyn Blue (Born 1942)
“I’m fortunate to live on the coast of Southern California with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean right outside my doors. As a result, I am artistically influenced by the ever changing tides, cloud formations, wave action, sounds and smells of the ocean.
I paint outdoors weekly with my artist friends and monthly with the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica & Seashore. Our intention, through our work, is to remind our neighbors of the beauty in the parks and recreation areas around us so they will, like us, want to continue to conserve it for future generations.”