Jackie Impey

I am an abstract artist that paints intuitively, with the goal to elicit joy. My paintings are an internal expression of what is occurring around me. I’m inspired to paint when happy, so I often hear that my paintings are fresh, joyful and fun. It makes sense, because I like fun! I paint with music and am most happy when I can paint outside by the river or in my backyard with a view of the mountains. 

Intuitive art is about connecting with your creative intuition and allowing it to guide you through the process of creating art. The idea is to nurture your artist’s soul, experience creative freedom, experiment with different materials and of course to have fun. I love the process of being spontaneous and abandoning the need for a specific outcome. 

My journey with art began at home. As an artist, my mom infused art into my life in an organic way. She was a representational painter but loved to explore many art forms and mediums. Together we would dig clay out of the earth, hand-build pots and figures and bake them in the campfire. We would do crafts and paint. I immersed myself in activities that were tactile and where I could get messy. Not taking naturally to my mom’s style of painting, I found my own way and discovered that representational art starts with an idea or feeling and then an attempt to create it, whereas the focus on intuitive art is to do the opposite.   

My quest for creating authentic and interesting art was my impetus for seeking out mentorship. As an adult, while living in Perth, Australia, I began learning a looser style under a wonderful South African artist. Influenced by her, I began painting using large canvas and bold colours, oversized still life and bicycle scenes infused with texture and splatters of delightful colour. From there my approach became more abstract as I gained confidence. A pivotal turning point was a workshop I attended in Texas with a talented Canadian abstract painter. Her approach and guidance allowed me the space to branch out and let go of the fear of change. I continue to attend a diverse range of workshops to inspire self-growth. 

As my style and art process began, I started to meld styles and eradicated the need for prescribed outcomes. This means that not all paintings make the cut and are often shelved for repurposing! I also have a short attention span, so if my love of a painting isn’t strong and sincere it goes in the do-over pile. I am a lover of colour and texture. Nature is inspiring, even though I am not replicating it in my art. I love to be immersed in colours outside and experience how they work together. I am also inspired by other artists, and am grateful to have landed in Fernie, which is not only aesthetically gorgeous, but also has an accomplished and diverse arts community. It has been wonderful to connect with so many beautiful and talented people. 

While I paint in acrylics, I love to sling an array of different mediums on a canvas. I will start with texture that might be in the form of sand, tiny pebbles or a thick gloss gel. I like using pastels, chalk, charcoal, acrylic inks and liquid acrylics. Other essentials in my studio are oversized brushes from the hardware store, kitchen tools like spatulas and chopsticks, and my fingers. 

I enjoy art that makes people excited and entertained. An interesting painting on the wall invites conversation, the viewers will naturally want to explore the colour, flow, and design. I’m a fan of big art in small places and modern art in traditional spaces as I like to push the boundaries of traditional thought on art and how it is portrayed. I mostly approach art in a right-brain way, but I also think you don’t have to pick sides! The goal is evolution and forward momentum, and after years abroad I am happy to be back in Canada and look forward to many adventures in Fernie. 

Jackie Impey’s art is currently on display as a guest artist at H2 Gallery, and at the Fernie Arts Coop. Join her June 10 for the opening night of her solo show, Bliss at the Fernie Arts Station, running through July 7, and discover more of her work at jackieimpeyartist.com or on Instagram  @artist_jackie_impey