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Jacqueline is truly a Suffolk artist. Born and bred in the county, her family lived in the village of Charsfield and a childhood steeped in rural life greatly influenced her artistic career. With a deep and abiding love of the countryside and a single-minded desire to make art her chosen path, there was never any doubt about her future.

Setting off on her chosen career path, Jacqueline completed an Art Foundation course at Suffolk College, followed by three years at Kidderminster College and Wolverhampton Polytechnic where she graduated with First Class Honours in the Design of Carpets and Related Textiles.

In 1984, Jacqueline was awarded a Royal Society of Arts Travel Bursary to travel in India and Nepal. This trip formed what she considers to be the greatest single influence on her work. She has travelled extensively and her geographically diverse portfolio is alive with the vibrancy, passion and bold design experienced in India and Nepal in the early stages of her professional career.

Jacqueline was Artist in Residence at the Royal Hospital School for three years before dedicating herself to expanding her work to encompass not only watercolour which was her first love, but also oil, batik and collage. Her love of rural Suffolk shines through her varied works, showing the county in all its splendid diversity : its vast open skies, its quaint ramshackle fishing huts, its wonderful agricultural and rural architecture and its rich tapestries of colour. Suffolk’s varied moods - from vibrant and glowing to moodily sombre – are captured with a sympathetic energy and nostalgia. Many aspects of our rural past which may not endure much longer are captured with sensitivity and exuberance.

Jacqueline has been exhibiting since 1987 and has enjoyed considerable success both in her solo exhibitions and also when showing with other East Anglian artists. This year she will be exhibiting with Suffolk Open Studios. Some of her exhibitions have included :

  • ‘From Dunwich to Delhi’ – one woman show, Aldeburgh
  • Snape Maltings – numerous one woman and co-operative exhibitions
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour – The Mall Galleries, London
  • Christmas Exhibition, M&F Gallery, Ipswich
  • One woman show – Greenwich Theatre, London

Now living at Cretingham, deep in the glorious Suffolk countryside with her husband and two sons, she continues to explore new approaches and techniques in her quest to share her love of her surroundings, and indeed of life itself, with those who are lucky enough to while away some time enjoying her vibrant works.



Take a look around my gallery.

Contact Details

Jacqueline Cotton
Shrubbery Farm
Travellers Road
IP13 7DN
United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0) 1473 737179

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