We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacqueline Doyle Allison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacqueline Doyle, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Especially in times like these, with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, people crave positivity in their lives and my aspiration as an artist is to always share a hopeful and positive message through my art. As part of this objective, starting April 1 and for 30 days, I committed to making and sharing a piece of art each day through social media. My color palette has always been bright and cheerful and the fine art collages I am creating for this challenge are no exception. Bursting with bright hues, texture and colorful contrast, each of these small works are intended to bring joy to the viewer. Through this undertaking and beyond, my wish continues to be sharing inspiration and hope through every work of art that I create.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an abstract expressionist painter who was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I received a BS specializing in graphic design and fine art from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Currently I live in the mountains of north Georgia with my husband. My paintings have been widely shown in juried solo and group exhibitions in the United States and I am proud to be recipient of international awards including finalist in the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights 2015 Bioethics Art Competition, “Express the Gift of Healing: Body, Mind and Spirit.” My works are in included in corporate and private collections throughout the United States and I am honored to have been published in notable periodicals including Professional Artist Magazine, American Artwork, Still Point Arts Quarterly and Studio Visit. Through my paintings, I want to convey my joy and happiness in being alive after surviving a life-threatening illness. It is very important to me to express a delight with life and evoke the freedom and wonder of a renewed sense of well-being, as well as offering inspiration and hope. I create art in series to more fully explore a theme. I start with a layer of texture by making expressive marks on canvas, then add acrylic paint in single layers. I use a variety of brushes, bottles, sponges and other tools to paint bold color combinations and vivid patterns. This method offers fun surprises when spontaneous interactions form unique compositions. Eventually, when I experience the pleasure and enjoyment that I want to communicate to the world, I know the painting is complete.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Two years ago, we moved to the Mountains of North Georgia from Atlanta. We absolutely love the less hectic lifestyle and beauty of the area. So, recommendations for my favorite places near our community are: • Gibbs Gardens, a destination garden comprising 220 acres of artistically landscaped gardens • Amicalola Falls State Park, at 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast • The Historic Tate House, just 45 minutes north of Atlanta is the elegant and romantic pink marble mansion, known as the Tate House • Fainting Goat Winery, a family owned vineyard and winery created by a passion for great wine and a love for the earth • City of Dahlonega, site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush and the Heart of Georgia Wine Country, Dahlonega offers an authentic, mountain getaway only an hour north of Atlanta
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Denise Jackson of Town + Culture has been a true inspiration with her dedication to the arts in Atlanta and beyond. As an international curator, gallery owner, event planner and overall arts aficionado, Denise has dedicated her career to furthering artists and the arts. I am honored to give a shoutout to Denise. You can find out more about Denise and her projects here. https://www.townandculture.com/
Image credit for artist photograph, Dinah Sutton