About the Artist
Jacqueline Doyle Allison’s award-winning mixed media paintings are a celebration of her life, dreams and memories. Her richly layered artworks visually express the tapestry these elements create when they are artistically woven together. The artist is strongly influenced by the natural world, her travels and upbringing in Southwest. The bold colors and bright contrasts of this dynamic region continue to inspire and influence Jacqueline’s color choices today.
Applying many layers and applications of texture, Jacqueline blends traditional artist mediums such as acrylic paint and oil pastel along with unique materials such as fabric and thread to create a rich surface with an intriguing sense of depth. Painted with spontaneous movement or in a very deliberate manner, with brush, palette knife or splashed on the canvas, Jacqueline thrives when using a variety of approaches. “It’s exciting to find what happens when I mix different materials and see how they respond to each other. Often it’s the unexpected interactions that become my favorite part of the painting.”
Jacqueline holds a degree in graphic design with a minor in fine art from Middle Tennessee State University near Nashville. She is represented by galleries around the country and has shown in solo and group exhibitions. Jacqueline’s work has received nationwide recognition and is continually sought out by collectors. Her studio is located in metro Atlanta.
“The world around me is full of inspiration and never fails to provide insights that immediately translate to my canvas. As I paint, bits and pieces of dreams, reflections and memories are intertwined together to compose an entirely new image that is a visual compilation of these elements.” – Jacqueline Doyle Allison
I paint because it is a calling. As a little girl, I created with tempera and crayons; in high school, pencils and charcoal; in college, pen and ink and paint. After college, I put my art things away for a long time. Life sometimes interferes with our plans. But, a recurring dream demanded that I pick up my brushes again and I have not put them down since.
The variety of materials available to create art intrigues me and I find it hard to pick just one -- which is why I am a mixed media artist. I get to choose whatever I want to use in each piece of art. My paintings are a combination of many textures, mediums and even collage. I've used thread, fabric, ink, charcoal, pencil, pastel and paint in my pieces along with collage pieced from newspaper and specialty art papers. The sky is the limit if I feel a material will add beauty or design to a piece. Since dreams -- both nocturnal and aspirational -- have always played an important role in my life, I often use fragments and hints of images, which are obscured or partially hidden.
Another source of inspiration has always been nature, which is why I love to travel and explore new places. The fall colors in North Georgia; the blue of the Caribbean Sea; and the quality of light in Tuscany have all been places of inspiration. An abstract approach appeals to me because I find it challenging to face a blank white canvas and rely only on my imagination to fill it. After painting in a more realistic style for many years, I felt the pull towards abstraction to stretch myself and grow.
Creating art that forms a connection is very fulfilling to me and finding ways to authentically express myself opens the door for that exchange. Expressing my true self seems to encourage others to do the same. This artistic bond helps form a bridge between all the ways that we are different yet very much the same.