Heather Jacks American, b. 1969

New work by Heather Jacks 

January @ Karin Clarke at the Gordon

First Friday, January 7th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm




Heather Jacks is a contemporary painter and photographer currently living in Oregon. 

Heather's Process

Painting is an expressive and cathartic process for me. I paint from memory.  I start with no preconceived notion about what the work will become.  I listen to my intuition and let the surfaces emerge.   My thoughts are often of the patinas that arise with age, the gradual change in the color and texture and structure of all things over time.  The Oregon landscapes, seascapes, and cloudscapes have been an immense inspiration.

A Word about Oil and Cold Wax

Oil paint is mixed at different proportions with cold wax medium.  The paint is applied with a brayer, or palate knife in layers onto a sturdy surface (often cradled panels).  Powdered pigment, oil sticks and pastels are often added into layers of the work.  Paint can be applied wet over wet, or wet over dry paint.  The paint is often scraped or gouged to show the underlying color and layers.  Various tools are used to create texture and marks on the surface of the paint.  Solvent can be applied to the top layer to remove color in some areas.