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Jacky Paynter's work is based on her experiences in St Ives throughout the year: wild weather and stormy seas, sunny days and rugged walks. Jacky finds inspiration in the working history that makes St Ives such a unique place, and in how today's pristine holiday cottages were once home to the poorest fishermen and their families. Information from sketches and the odd photographic reference are often the starting points. Jacky seeks out unusual viewpoints and compositions. Her paintings, in acrylic, oil or mixed media, capture the atmosphere of St Ives and show her love of colour, texture, line and drawing.
Born and educated in East London, Jacky moved to Cornwall at the age of 16. She studied Graphic Design at Redruth School of Art, which is now part of Falmouth University. Returning to London at the age of 20, she worked in small design groups before moving into publishing. Jacky became an Art Director for Walker Books (Children's Books) and enjoyed working with many talented illustrators. Art in some form has always been a significant part of Jacky's life. Now retired, she is able to develop her painting style, attending Morley College in London and various workshops at the St Ives School of Painting. She recently completed the Porthmeor Programme. Although she now lives in Hampshire, Jacky appreciates the deep connection she has to Cornwall, returning as often as possible to look and respond again.