Name: Judy Hatlen-Jackson|
Birthday: 14-Feb-1955 (Age: 58)
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Location: Orfordville, Wisconsin, United States
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I have been a professional art teacher at the junior or senior high levels for over 20 years. This is my first year at an elementary school, and I love it. I still work on my own art, and would like to be able to sell some, but I'm terrible at the marketing aspect.
Illustration and portraiture are my main things. When I say illustration, I'm not necessarily speaking of pictures for a particular story. I say that because my pictures tell bits and pieces of a story that's in my mind. They are inspired by things that interest me or things I have strong feelings about. I draw in all media, and paint mainly in acrylic and oil. Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter are tools I use in conjunction with my drawings. Detail, texture, and pattern are characteristics you will see in my work regardless of what medium I am using.
UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, Wisconsin, BSE 1977
Masters of Curriculum and Instruction, National Louis University
My life as an artist started when I was around three years old, and would draw pictures about things going on around me, or things I saw. It started out with the stick people my mother taught me to draw. She said she remembers the first time I put a specific facial expression on one of my characters.
ďHe was sitting with his legs in the air, and had the most shocked frown on his face,Ē she told me. Surprisingly, I actually remember that, too.
All the way through school, I spent most of my free time drawing pictures. Sometimes the pictures would be my way of expressing my feelings about certain traumatic events. Like when our black cat was found dead in our field, or when my dog got hit by a car.
It was a foregone conclusion that I would go to college and major in art. I graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education in 1977.
About a month after I graduated, I got married. This was a step I wasnít sure I wanted to take just yet, but I didnít have much confidence in my own judgment, and there was a certain amount of pressure. Within three months after my wedding day, I was expecting our first child.
The next twelve years, I spent as a stay-at-home mom, raising three daughters. During this time, I would work on projects off and on. I often would barter for things my family needed. For example, I painted a 2ft by 4ft oil painting of a deer being pursued by wolves, in exchange for some kitchen cabinets a contractor was removing from an apartment building.
When my youngest daughter was three years old, I decided I needed to get a regular paying job, instead of depending on the occasional sale of a painting to help meet the needs of my kids.
I started out by substitute teaching in the Orfordville district, taught summer school art classes, and I have been teaching full-time since 1990. Once I had settled into teaching and didnít have to use every spare minute for research, lesson plans and grading, I began to work on my own projects in earnest.
I choose certain subjects because they interest me, or because I have feelings about that subject. Most often, my pictures tell bits and pieces of a story. I pay a lot of attention to textures and details. I enjoy doing portraits, working with the skin tones, the textures, the shadows, the sparkle in the eyes of my subject. My media is oil, acrylic, and all drawing media. Within the last few years, with the development of archival quality printing ink, and programs like Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter, I have discovered the computer as being a viable, and versatile medium as well.
Now that I have a large body of work, I have decided to see what opportunities are available for me in the freelance art market, so I am working to make prospective clients aware of what I do. I have a website now, which is www.shootingstarillustration.com I named it after the shootingstar, which is my favorite wildflower.
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drawing, painting, photography, digital media, art education
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