In 1988 Ken Howard suggested that we should look at the work of a young artist who had just left the RA schools. We took his advice and so began a long and successful association with Jacqueline Williams.
Jacqueline is an artist whose work exemplifies the very best of good traditional painting. She has an almost uncanny understanding of tone and colour balance, as well as composition. Her handling of lights and darks is masterful and her rich tonal quality as well as her subtle handling of paint has a beguiling quality.
Jacqueline works predominantly in oil on board primed with an acrylic/oil primer, or canvas, which is later laid on board. This is for practical reasons – it is lighter to travel with as it rolls up in a tube. She works directly from the subject which produces a more spontaneous and exciting painting. For the same reasons she does little in the way of preparatory drawing other than to sketch in the composition. She works on at least a dozen or more paintings at a time finding that most subjects can be explored in several different ways.
The gallery has been showing Jacqueline's work since she graduated from the Royal Academy Schools. Since then her success and reputation have grown by way of numerous exhibitions, not just in the UK but overseas.