Hi! Welcome to Darkling Thrush Studio where oil and pigment and petals collide… and throw in a bit of feng shui, red wine and vintage radio for inspiration.

  Shows

  • IAD 12" x 12" Exhibition - Turnbull Gallery - Oct 23 - Nov 11, 2015 
  • Delta Studio Stomp Art Tour - 2014, 2015, 2016
  •  Art by Eight - Turnbull Gallery - South Surrey October 2015
  • Small, Smaller, Smallest 2015 - Federation Gallery - Vancouver - juried
  • Spring Show 2015 - SSWRAS - White Rock, BC
  • BOLD - A Breath of Fresh Art Group Show - Ocean Park Hall - White Rock, BC - 2014
  • ArtSpacific 2013 - Firehall Centre for the Arts -  Delta, BC - juried
  • Watershed Gallery 2013- North Delta, BC - Solo Show 
  • Numerous South Surrey, White Rock Art Society group shows 2009-2015
  • Peninsula Art Tour - 2014 

Check out my paintings at MAGPIE VINTAGE on Main St. in Vancouver, BC

"Just wanted to say how much I am loving my new paintings!  The yellow one is now near my front door as a welcome picture, the other one is poised near to my fireplace – and connects the turquoise rug, carpet with orange dots, etc.
Thanks again – your pictures bring a lot of joy (and colour) into my house."
-Melanie

"I LOVE MY NEW PAINTING! THE COLORS ARE SO VIBRANT AND GO BEAUTIFULLY WITH THE COLORS IN MY HOME.THANKS AGAIN.

...... HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON."

-Patti

Jacquie, something wonderful resides in your works - the truth of Art - "The conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful "

- H. Cooke

 I found these words of wisdom on another site and NEEDED to save here to remind myself to keep going! ... 

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

— Ira Glass

The Darkling Thrush

I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-gray,
And Winter’s dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.

The land’s sharp features seemed to be
The Century’s corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
Seemed fervourless as I.

At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.

So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.

- Thomas Hardy