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Jackie K Hixon

Artist's Profile

My wildlife art focuses on the overlooked; the less glamorous species, the unseen fauna of our backyards, the few seconds' glimpse of a creature in the wild. I try to paint the scene as if the viewer weren't there, just the animal going about its everyday activities. Often I like to imagine what happens before & after the instant that I'm painting.

I sketch from life as often as possible, but a childhood spent watching Jacques Cousteau and "Wild Kingdom" left me with the ability to envision animal behavior and movements. I concentrate on endangered species,  because how can people care that ananimal is disappearing if they don't even know what it looks like?

Most of my work is acrylic on canvas, though I also use colored pencils, pen & ink and a combination of several, along with the occasional scratch board. This year, I  have fulfilled a teenage dream of drawing in silver point, a medium which Renaissance artists used. What most people comment on is the detail and colors in my work. Evidently, I use a lot of bright colors, even when I think I'm being subtle.

    My artwork has been in group and solo shows around Northeast Ohio, as well as juried into shows in Louisiana, Georgia and Kentucky. I was a semi-finalist in the Courage Card Competition in Minnesota. Pictures are in private collections not only around the U.S., but in Switzerland, Canada, Finland, Germany, Slovenia and the U.K..

    Previously, my  illustrations have appeared in national magazines such as  'Bird Talk', 'Wildlife Rehabilitation Today' and 'Bird Breeders', as well as regional newsletters: 'Erie Views', 'Dragon News' and  'Notes From NOAH'. Also designed rubber stamps for Creative Block  (Ohio) and a logo for The Squirrel Store web site (Alabama) . And was profiled in 'Animal Fair' magazine, Fall 2004.

   I've been a regular in the Cold-Blooded Creations Exhibit  in Florida since 2002. And in the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council Juried Show since 2011 and won various ribbons in multiple years. It is on display every August in suburban Cleveland. Most reccently, I spent 5 months working on The Sketchbook Project, a permanent collection of sketchbooks from around the world which you can visit in person or online. Mine is titled "Animals and Aqua" and can be seen at this link: My Sketchbook Project 

It's an ongoing process as I  try to improve my technical ability and create moods in my pictures, capturing an animal in a moment of time and sharing my fascination with them. 

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