MOUTH artist Jackie Archer has a new exhibition at Kingscote Estate and Vineyard until 30 September.
Jackie, from Crawley Down, has had multiple sclerosis for 30 years, and year on year her disability increased until, by 2002, she became tetraplegic.
“I first started painting by mouth in 2003 at Maidenbower day centre in Crawley, and I will be forever grateful for the help and support given to me, particularly by the volunteers in the art room.
“My first attempt was terrible, but I worked through the aching jaws and dribbling, and gradually made progress, and I was thrilled and proud to be accepted as a student member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists [www.mfpa.uk] in 2008.
“With the funding received from them, I’m very fortunate to be able to afford a private tutor who comes to my home every week. I’m still a student, but continue to work hard to achieve my goal of becoming a full member of the Association.
“I use water-soluble oil paints which have all the properties of traditional oils, but without the smell. I like to paint animals and birds, and landscapes, but I will have a go at anything if the fancy takes me.
“When I’m painting, I have no disability, my work is judged on merit, not on the way it is produced. Some of pictures in my exhibition are from photos taken in the local area. Robin with Bonsai is from www.herons.co.uk in East Grinstead; Gossiping Ducks from Slaugham pond; and Dalmatian puppy from my own village, Crawley Down.
“I have been featured in a few magazines, and most recently for my WWI-inspired picture Solitary Soldier in Flanders Field, which was shown in an exhibition at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne in 2014. I love this picture, painted from the heart. I’m passionate in my support for our military, and we must never forget the sacrifices they made.”
Jackie can be contacted by email at Jacky.archer54@Gmail.com.