Jackie Morris

  • A Silence

    A Silence
  • Barn Owl

    Barn Owl
  • Barn Owl

    Barn Owl
  • Egret Invitation

    Egret Invitation
  • Hare and Moon

    Hare and Moon
  • Nearly Asleep

    Nearly Asleep
  • Turq Bear

    Turq Bear
  • Unicorn

    Unicorn
  • A Silence
  • Barn Owl
  • Barn Owl
  • Egret Invitation
  • Hare and Moon
  • Nearly Asleep
  • Turq Bear
  • Unicorn
Jackie Morris

I love to paint. To make an image appear on a piece of white paper, spun there with layers of coloured water.

And I love the space you go to in your head when you are chasing a story and writing.

At present I am working on a book of Classic Poems for Barefoot Books, due for publication in September 2006. The book has been a bit like trying to juggle with 128 balls all at the same time when people keep taking one out and putting another in, but it has also been a wonderful waltz through poetry in search of dancing words.

I have two more books waiting - Singing to the Sun, by the wonderful Vivian French, and The Snow Leopard, written and to be illustrated by me - and I am hoping to work on a book of nursery rhymes.

My main inspiration comes, I think, from the written word. I love stories, myth and landscape. When I first heard Beowulf at the age of about twelve it lit a fire deep in my soul. I think stories can do that. They reach through generations through some kind of genetic memory and connect all things. I paint because I love to; I also paint because I have to. It is much like breathing and dreaming. To stay alive I breathe, I dream and I paint.

Fine Lines: an interview with Jackie Morris appeared in Resurgence issue 164.

More of Jackie’s work, including free e-cards, can be seen at www.jackiemorris.co.uk.

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