Art has always been woven in and out of Jakkie’s life. “My mother was a tailor by profession. When we were small girls she would let my sisters and I use the sewing machine to make doll cloths. We were so young that she had to move the foot peddle to the sewing machine top. She taught us to use the foot peddle with our elbow.”
Jakkie got a passion for painting by taking some Bob Ross oil painting classes. She studied acrylic painting with Harry Mandel for eight years. She also studied with Ellissa Twigg using acrylic paint with a watercolor technique.
She slowly moved back into textile art and is currently participating in a large variety of textile art Societies. One round robin group includes members from Coventry, England; Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire Scotland; members from across the map in Australia members in The US are from Las Vegas, NV; Red Oak, Texas; Orlando, Florida, Glen Rock, PA; and Louisville, KY.
Her love for specialty quilting was a gift from her mother, from whom she learned that patience and, the finished product is the reward. Jakkie is also a member of several internet quilting groups. These groups share ideas materials and generally support each other, as their art quilting techniques are so specialized. She belongs to Internet Groups: Crazy Quilting, CQEmbellishers Dimensional Embroidery, Stumpwork and Surface Embroidery, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, CQ magazine on line, American Quilter Society, Society for Decorative Painters.
Jakkie recently added watercolor painting to her other artistic endeavors mentoring under Jerry Hetrick , an award winning watercolorist. Jakkie is a member of Watercolor Workshop, Wet Canvas, and Allegany Arts Council, Allegany Area Art Alliance and the Garrett County Arts Council. Her work is currently showing at The Gallery, Oakland, MD.
Her needlework and paintings are on display at The Gallery, Oakland, MD; Arts At Canal Place, Cumberland, MD; Before-n-After, Ridgeley, WV ; Dublin, VA; Sharpsburg, GA, and Victoria, Western Australia.