Bold brushstrokes, vibrant colours, big canvasses and contemporary themes characterise my work. A cross-section of themes with personal favourites of Nostalgic Memories, Contemporary Portraits, Wildlife, Flowers and Landscapes. I am inspired by beautiful, striking images to work from. I am compelled to paint and am amazed by the output and end result.
The reaction I get from clients to my work, propels me and I find it very exciting! The sale of my work is personal validation and I am excited that I now have work in the UK, USA, Australia, Scandinavia, Ghana, Japan, and South Africa.
In June 2021, we moved from Durban, South Africa, where my husband Nic and I own Westville B&B, an art-themed, five-star Bed & Breakfast, to Cork in Ireland. Hospitality and Art… a wonderful combination and of course, a wonderful platform where I showcased and sold my work.
I love doing bespoke art pieces and commissions for clients. Nothing beats the look on their faces when they see their special memory or loved one, in art form. Goose flesh stuff! I call myself a “re-born” artist and my art career started in 2016, and I haven’t looked back!
My sister and I went to Art lessons from when we were small, and I was fortunate enough to be taught by the amazing Nina Campbell-Quine at her Hyde Park Child Art Studio. I took Art as a school subject through to Matric.
I attended art workshops to learn and grow as an artist and was the founder of Durban Art Workshops in Westville, Durban where I helped other artists grow too. We ran these from our B&B: 18 Burlington B&B and Conference Venue. I love the learning and self-discovery journey of art and participated in a weekly art class for practicing artists with Dee Donaldson at Studio 3.
Exhibitions & Galleries
I have exhibited at the Hilton Arts Festival, Art in the Shade in Mtunzini, KZNSA Gallery’s Buzzart, Art in the Park in Pietermaritzburg, and The Aesthete Clarens Art Experience in the Free State.
In March 2020, I held a solo exhibition at The Foyer at Studio 3 in Durban which ran for three weeks.
My primary avenue of sales was through my Emma Jacobs Art Gallery at our art-themed Westville B&B, Durban and through my own website. I love the business side of art and interacting with clients directly. People and Painting, my two passions!
I was represented by the following Art Galleries:
- The Mall Gallery in Westville, Durban
- Zulu Lulu Art House, KZN Midlands
- Art and Wine Gallery, Clarens, Free State
All of my available work can be found on my https://emmajacobsart.com shop and can be viewed in person in Cork, Ireland. Contact me on email@example.com for more information on available art pieces and commissions.
Your commission Is my passion!
I'd love to turn that special moment or treasured photo into a gorgeous piece of art for you ... please contact me, I love seeing the look of delight on my clients' faces when the see their artwork!
Solo Exhibition Opening 7 March 2020 @ The Foyer Durban
Seascapes & Water
Oil paining on stretched canvas 400 x 300.
Vibrant Queen Protea 400 x 300
Oil painting on stretched canvas.
Madeleine’s Proteas in a Vase€75.00
I took my Mom out for tea at the lovely Madeleine’s Bakery at the Mushroom Farm in Hillcrest outside Durban. There were the most beautiful vases of flowers showcasing proteas on each of the tables. My Mom is frail and with COVID, I could not take her into the bakery so we had a socially distanced tea in the car park. I took photos of the flowers to show her, and decided to paint one of them, in memory of our visit there.
I love the loose style and vibrant background.