Jackie Griswold – Artist’s Statement
I have been creating jewelry for over 25 years, and have more recently come back to earlier interests in painting and photography. Primarily self-taught, I have little formal training in any of the media in which I work. Most recently, I have taken painting classes at Holyoke Community College. I owe a debt of gratitude to the authors of art books and magazine articles, art demonstrations, fellow artists and people along the way who've been my teachers in life. My mother, Edna, who was an accomplished landscape painter, left a legacy of creativity. My mother-in-law, Evie, a wonderful artist, shared her love of art with me on many visits to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
I am an eclectic artist who works in many media. When I am in the studio, time disappears as I become engaged with the art. I find myself particularly influenced by the abstract expressionist style of painting at this juncture - the raw emotion and energy that comes out when I'm painting mystifies and excites me. Mixed media work allows me to add depth and texture that adds to the energy. I often work on more than one painting at a time, especially when working on a series. I use a variety of materials in my mixed media paintings, and am often quite surprised, and delighted, with where my intuition takes me. As a photographer, my work is focused on nature and architectural photography. I view my art as a contemplative practice in which I am able to express mood, feelings, energy and my connection with the universe. I am excited and mystified by the raw emotion and energy that emerges when I'm painting, and find a deep healing energy in the process.