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Jackie Tahara

Artists Statement: I am drawn to the graphic nature of black and white, thus my pieces always begin with designs in black India ink, applied with a pen, on a ground of pure white paper. These designs are often inspired by the shapes and lines of nature, but can also include depictions of our man-made environment as well. Beyond the particular subject matter, I always attempt to seek out and imply an underlying repetitive pattern, providing the viewer with visual comfort and an opportunity to unfocus the mind.

I next add saturated hues in unusual, often surprising, color combinations: lime green apples ringed with magenta against a scarlet ground, flaming yellow-orange petals unfolding against a dusty pink sky, or luscious deep violet plums and emerald green leaves against palest blue. My use of color is perhaps the most recognizable element of my pieces and has been influenced by the artistic traditions, predominantly the indigenous textile arts (but also the pottery, tilework, carving, painting and other traditions) that I have seen and experienced during my international travels and studies. 

I currently live and work in Nelson, British Columbia. I have completed several commissions and my work is represented in private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. I continue to exhibit new work throughout BC and was an invited contributor to the Kunamokst Mural Mosaic, a collaborative project unveiled at West Vancouver Spirit Square, an Official 2010 Winter Olympic Games Celebration Site.

Artist Contact Info

(250) 505-5322