Art in March with Jackie Lakely

Jackie Lakely is a mixed media artist living just outside Chicago, and has arrived at Sumburgh Head to take her place as Artist-in-Residence for March. 

Her work is primarily focussed on environments and landscapes, often weaving between realistic subject matter and abstraction. For her sketchbooks, Jackie prefers realistic renderings of places and things she observes, in pencil and/or watercolor. Her larger paintings use several different sketches in one piece, along with her creative interpretation of the place. Jackie says “Often my larger paintings are recognisable as but not identified as specific places. I like to think of them as worlds I want to visit.”

Shetland has factored in Jackie’s work for decades, as she visited her mother’s family in Scalloway since childhood. For her, it has always been a magical place, as she recalls walking over the hill behind her grandparents’ house to find a giant pile of scallop shells to play in, among so many other memories of tide pools, picnics on various little islands and the mutually existing fear, respect and awe of the landscape and seas surrounding it.

Jackie's grandfather was Jack Moore who ran the boat yard and carried out repairs at the time of the Shetland Bus. His skills were highly valued and why they moved the operation to Scalloway.

Jackie’s residency work will be a combination of sketchbook pages filled with daily observations, along with several large pieces on paper and/or canvas, utilising sketches but creating land and seascapes using both real observations and imagination. She states “I would love the opportunity to immerse myself in painting the land and sea of Sumburgh Head for a month. It would be the opportunity of a lifetime to live at the Lighthouse and explore and draw and paint every day.”

A display of Jackie's work will be on display and for sale in the Education Centre café during the Easter weekend (Friday 25th March), when Sumburgh Head will open for the summer season. The Visitor Centre facilities will be open daily from 11am  to 5.30pm.