Jacque Price's current body of work is curious in nature - amorphous shapes encompass figures in contemplation, joyful coastal hues are nestled between rich earthy colors, and ambient compositions invite us into a dance with the unknown. Her work is uplifting and expressionistic while revealing a skilled hand, an eye for design, and her proclivity for nature and its influence on the human experience
Jacque paints in oil using brush and knife, and she often incorporates oil sticks to create meandering lines that silhouette forms or ridge lines. As a painting medium, she thins her oils and cleans her brushes in a non-toxic lavender essential oil, which speeds up dry time and allows her to paint in layers over the course of only a few days between applications. Her process of toning the canvas in a myriad of colors when she first starts a painting sets the groundwork for creating a workable composition that then leads to inspired contextual forms in the final layers. Jacque paints to explore what is possible and provoke viewers to question their perceptions. Her inspiration draws on Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, along with Jungian dreamwork and Toltec wisdom literature, all which is based on addressing the subconscious while tethered to a grounded and optimistic view of reality. She also finds encouragement in the use of arbitrary colors and unstructured landscapes by French artist Anne Sophie Tschiegg. Jacque is an advocate for mental health, and her personal journey is a primary source of inspiration for her work and what it communicates.
Jacquelyne Sharee Price (b. 1984, in California, and currently living in North Lake Tahoe) was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and graduated with a BA in Studio Art, with a painting distinction in 2007 from California State University at Chico. Currently she works from her home studio and runs Mountain Arts Collective, a gallery owned by her and her partner to promote the work of local emerging artists.