Today we’d like to introduce you to E.E. Jacks.
E.E., we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My name is E.E. Jacks. I’m a fine artist located in Orange County, California. ‘Art is Life’ is the motto for all of my work which can be found at www.EEJacksArt.com. The style of my work has been described as traditional, and impressionistic. The work I create encompasses landscapes, urban scenes, nocturnes, interiors, figures, and still life. No subject is off limits.
I was born in Long Beach, California. With a French and Hispanic heritage, different cultures and the local environment influence much of my work. I am a self-educated artist who has learned through observation and the study of old master paintings. I practice plein air painting and studio work daily, favoring traditional oil paint.
I began working professionally as a full-time artist in 2010. Alongside my personal art, I established and curated a Gallery called APERO in Fullerton, California. APERO currently publishes a monthly online fine art catalog, which can be viewed at www.ShowApero.com. Each art piece selected for the catalog receives a written ‘Curator Review’. I write this review which is wholly inspired by the selected art to promote the artist and bolster the arts.
I hope my perspective gives newcomers to the arts a window of understanding on how art can be applied to their lives in a positive way. As of October 2017, APERO represents the work of 86 artists in 10 countries and continues to grow.
My artistic goals are to represent and expose the public to the arts through my own writing, paintings, and through the work of other contemporary established and emerging artists, nationally and internationally. I continue working to further and elevate the arts as a whole, and see my voice as a platform and conduit to expose the arts as a vital and necessary element in life.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a full-time professional oil painter, and I also write poetry and art reviews. I simply feel compelled to create. I am not quite sure exactly ‘why’ I feel this desire, but I’ve chosen to listen to that voice and dive in!
My early work was quite abstract. I enjoyed painting simple lines and shapes in acrylic but slowly began painting more representational work in oils as I progressed as an artist. I’m inspired by life. Anything and everything inspires me to create and learn more about the world. I use simple brushes and typically paint in oil on ‘gesso board’.
My art is a form of visual communication, another language I use to interact with as many people as possible. I hope my art can show our human connections, providing us with a broader awareness of our world and can advance our understanding and empathy towards our fellow man.
I hope my work can help someone remember a time or a place, or to feel something outside of what their current situation is. The ‘life moments’ and places I paint are all visual representations of our connections to each other.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I feel very strongly about promoting the arts as a whole. I use my personal art to do so through exhibitions etc. as well as APERO to encourage upcoming artists and more established artists to expose their own work as much as possible.
I think artists are doing rather well exposing their art. The social media platforms available to artists are mostly free and can reach a lot of people. It think it is very important for artists to utilize any and all tools to promote their work. This can turn into sales and more exposure.
It is certainly difficult to make a living from one’s art, however, I have found it helpful to submit to Clubs, Open Calls and to get involved with local cities and galleries. Following ‘successful’ artists is also something I try to do. Keeping tabs on what my local art community is up to is very important.
Cities can support artists by hosting shows and events that support the arts in schools and encourage local artists to submit to sponsored galleries. There is a lot of support for artists, it is mostly a matter of finding out where and how.
I have been very ‘lucky’ to have met so many incredible artists online and in galleries, and have found that those interpersonal connections can often lead to an introduction and representation by a gallery or group.
Most artists don’t like to get out there (myself included) but reaching out and being proactive in various communities that are stylistically similar to my own, has been one of the most important things for me.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work is available online at www.EEJacksArt.com. My ‘Events’ page has all of my recent exhibitions and locations where I show my work: http://www.eejacksart.com/events.html.
I am very active on social media with APERO and my personal artwork.
- Website: www.EEJacksArt.com
- Phone: 562-418-9393
- Email: EEJacksArt@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eejacksart
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eejacksart
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/eejacksart
- Other: www.ShowApero.com
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/eejacksart/