Jaq has been passionate about art all through her life and as a child it seemed inevitable that she would pursue art as a career, but she was distracted by a sudden passion for music in her later years at school. She started to study the piano and then at 17 took up the violin.
After auditioning for the Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University, she was accepted and completed a Bachelor of Music Education in 1991.
However, her passion for art remained and constantly niggled at her to return to her easel.
It was when her first child was born that Jaq acted upon this, inspired by a passion to paint her children…and also possibly encouraged by the fact her son used to cry, and her cat would climb onto her shoulders, both quite concerned whenever she played the violin.
Since then she has worked extensively as an artist, pursuing a keen interest in portraiture and a desire to explore the essence of any given subject…and what is it that unifies that subject to the rest of humanity.
She has participated in a number of exhibitions and winning numerous awards, most recently winning the Architecture Award in the Master of Art Competition in London and the People’s Choice in the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize.
Jaq is also a childrens’ author/book illustrator and educator. Books that she has both written and illustrated include: ‘Various Faerious’ (2002), ‘Shoes News’ (2004) and ‘Simply Drawing’ (2010) a book and DVD demonstrating drawing techniques. Her work as an educator is primarily with Art Smart, an after school art school she has built up for Primary aged children.
Her love of music has remained, so when she’s not painting in her studio in the company of her studio cat, she volunteers as a radio announcer on 3MBS fm, a Classical music station.