Stretched Canvas

Modern Lines

Contemporary White

Classical Baroque

Unframed print




Jacqueline Shuler, Castle Rock, CO
Member Since February 2014
Artist Statement Hi,
I'm Jacqueline M. Shuler, artist, calligrapher, graphic designer, painter, author, muralist, and educator. I've been in business since 1971, after obtaining three Art degrees, including a doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon University. Since I was a small child, my greatest joy has been to create beautiful images and elegant calligraphy.
Mine is a lifetime of creativity. From the moment I wake up (usually around 5 a.m.,) my mind shifts into high gear, investigating and creating new images. I have to force myself to stop, sit quietly and find my center. I remain there, breathing slowly and just being in the void. I attribute my powerful creative thinking to the time spent in meditation. When I allow my mind to get in gear again, I am inundated with ideas and images. I have to get out paper and pen to sort out my priorities. Before I learned to control my input, I was very frustrated by my high-speed thinking.
As a thoughtful person, I have written much and translated my inspirational work into calligraphic designs and a book: Living Love: the Key to Soul Evolution. My interest in Native American spirituality has led me to design an original calligraphy font for their expressions. The Apache Wedding Blessing was my first challenge in 1976; I am happy with the font, authentic Zuni images, and petroglyphs I designed for the piece. Now I have over twenty-five original designs in my Native American Wisdom collection.
Creating calligraphy calls for fine motor control, discipline, and perception. Most people don’t connect these skills with artists, but I have learned that the more I have of these, the more freedom I can exert in my work. I have control of my media. I can freely express my thoughts and give reality to my images. Teaching the skill for over forty years has strengthened my love of letters.
My paintings are mainly abstract, as I enjoy the play of color and line in a composition. I have created hard-edge, geometric and organic images as well as free-flowing, wet-in-wet ones. While I am painting,
I usually don’t have an end product in mind, but interact with the colors and shapes that appear. They seem to have a mind of their own, and as I interact with them, there is a definite evolution of form. My experience in calligraphy helps me to move the brush in a fluid motion.
I will say that painting murals is a different process altogether. The client proposes the design and I create a sample painting. When that is accepted, I go on to full scale. I am very organized as to the purchase of paints and materials, a time schedule, and working on a scaffold. My favorite mural is at the Lakeview Lodge in Chelan, WA, which measures 14 feet high and 63 feet long. It illustrates an American Indian Encampment.
The third area of interest for me is digital art. Having taught Photoshop and Illustrator for a number of years, I find the computer a catalyst for my speed of thinking. I don’t have to wait for paint to dry to change an area that doesn’t work. I enjoy the process of working in layers, adding and subtracting images and brush strokes to create the final composition.
I designed my online jacquelineoriginals shop in 1996. From creating to matting, framing, and marketing my work, I am at it every day. You can also see my work on Zazzle and Etsy

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Product No 5248611
Subjects Illustration, Native American, North American, Philosophical, Spiritual & Religious, Text, Words, World Culture
Style Historical
Medium
Tags Black Elk, Great Spirit, Jacqueline, Shuler, american indian, arrowhead, brown, eagle, feather, inspirational gift, native american, peace, sioux