Jaqueline Lukowski, originally from San Diego County, California, has called the Pacific Northwest home for nearly 35 years and currently lives in Vancouver, Washington. Although she has drawn and painted for as long as she can remember, it was only after having a career and raising a family that she began to pursue her love of art and in particular, landscape painting. She paints “en plein aire” as often as the weather allows, sometimes using those field studies as references for larger studio works. She usually paints in oils, but sometimes in watermedia including acrylics and gouache. She has won a number of awards for her work and is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and the American Impressionists Society. She is an active participant in the Plein Air Painters of Lane County in Oregon.
“The absolute best way to learn the landscape is to get out and paint it! No photograph can capture the subtle colors and the movement of light across the land as accurately as first hand visual observation.” – Jaqueline Lukowski
For a number of years now Jaqueline has been increasingly focused on capturing the beauty and diversity the wetlands and farmlands near where she lives. “The wetlands are very sensitive, and because of development and climate change, these spaces are disappearing. I love these places and I hope that when someone sees one of my paintings, just maybe they will stop and realize how it is important to preserve what is left of our natural and wild lands.”
Jaqueline regularly travels and paints throughout the western states. Recently she spent over 2 months painting her way across America – from Oregon to New York, along the eastern seaboard, then back across the south and southwest and up the California coast.
She studied drawing, painting, design and photography at Lane Community College and has continued her art education through workshops and lessons from nationally known artists that include Jeanne Dobie, Carla O’Connor, Frank LaLumia and Gene Costanza.
In 2012, her painting “Wetlands Forest” won 2nd Place at the Expressions West Juried Exhibition at the Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon. Jaqueline participated in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition and Paint Out in Hood River, Oregon, in 2013 and 2014. In 2014 her painting, December Solstice Sky was accepted into the American Impressionists Society National Juried Exhibition. In March of 2017 her painting, Road to the Refuge will be part of the first American Impressionists Society Small Works Showcase in California.
She currently shows her work at Vistra Framing and Gallery in Eugene, Oregon.