Monday, December 2, 2019

Antique Gold Leaf Watercolor Paintings by Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris is an artist and a writer living and working in Wales. As a little girl Jackie used to watch her father draw birds, at the age of six the bird appearing on the piece of paper was magic to her. She decided to become an artist so she could "conjure" birds from paper. Jackie paints owls, birds, hares, and other wildlife creatures using a unique technique. She paints her subject in watercolors then puts a wash in the background and covers it with antique gold leaf.

For seven years she worked for many magazines including The New Statesman, New Socialist, New Society, Guardian and Radio Times. She also designed cards and calendars for Greenpeace and Amnesty International, and designed children's books.

She won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2019 for her illustration of The Lost Words, the book was voted as the most beautiful book UK booksellers. Jackie Morris said the following words in her acceptance speech: “The times ahead are challenging. It seems to me that artists, writers, musicians have one job at the moment – to help to tell the truth about what is happening to this small and fragile world we inhabit, to re-engage with the natural world, to inspire and to imagine better ways to live. Because there is no Planet B and we are at a turning point. And because in order to make anything happen it first needs to be imagined. And as writers and illustrators for children we grow the readers and thinkers of the future."

The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane, illustrated by Jackie Morris. Available here.