Jacqui Beck is an artist, art educator, and creativity coach living in Seattle, Washington. She has been teaching students of all ages for over fifteen years and is an adjunct professor of art at Seattle Pacific University. Her award-winning expressive acrylic paintings are collected and exhibited in the United States, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand and are available through Columbia City Gallery and artEAST Gallery. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Victoria, and is a trained life coach and creativity coach. She has studied at Gage academy of Art and with many nationally known artists.
I create paintings using acrylics and mixed media. My artwork is colorful, personal, and expressive, and I keep in mind both the depth and whimsy of life. I often paint animal totem protectors representing the fierce strength of ourselves and those who love us. This strength, ideally, is tempered by a sense of paradox, irony, and humor. We can’t always recognize our protectors by their appearance (notice chickens, birds, cats, and various strange or imaginary animals). The most powerful beings have an understanding of and compassion for our uniqueness and fallibility.
Like life, painting is an unfolding process of intention and accident. I notice what shows up and decide what to keep or enhance and what to prune. The subject matter and meaning of my paintings is an exploration of what being a person means to me. I paint to explore my questions about life, about strength, fear, confusion, curiosity, and joy.