watercolor 22 x 27"
Sally Jacob's enjoyment of the natural world shines through in her precise botanical watercolors.
Whom do you make art for?
I wonder sometimes if I would create art if no one except me ever viewed it. I love the process, so I guess my primary audience is me. But I also love to show my work, to share my joy.
Would you collect your own work if you saw it in a gallery? Why or why not?
I have pieces that I can’t part with, so yes, I do collect some of my work. Some pieces I keep for sentimental reasons; others because I can’t imagine ever doing the subject again.
Can someone be taught to be an artist or is it an innate ability?
I think much can be taught. But like anything else, it’s 80% perspiration. Maybe the part that is innate is the motivation to create art; I feel that strongly. As frustrating and challenging as it can be, I’m happy when I’m drawing or painting; the motivation is there.
So I Won't Run Out
watercolor 21 x 17"
What is your biggest fear?
I have lots of fears but the biggest one that relates to my art is anything that would disable my hands. My work is so detailed; I need a great deal of hand control. So far, so good.
What excites you about painting?
I paint from life and get great pleasure in really observing plant life. When you study it, the complexity and beauty of the simplest flower, fruit or vegetable is inspiring. If I can make a plant come to life and have people pause and really observe what they may have seen in passing hundreds of times, then that work is a success.
Sally Jacobs in the studio.
Sally Jacobs exhibition opens November 2, 2010.