Hello! My Name Is Jackie, I Am An Artist.
What I do:
I am an illustrator and graphic designer available for commission and art licensing. I also have designs available for sale on a variety of products in my online shops with Redbubble, Spoonflower and Society6.
Education And Training:
Bachelors of Fine Art in Illustration
Received From the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
Certificate of Graphic Design, Certificate of Photography
Received from the United States Defense Information School (DINFOS) during service in the United States Air Force.
From the time I could hold a pencil I was fascinated with anything that could make a mark on paper. Growing up I always had my sketchbook, it was my escape. During my teenage years did a lot of bouncing around between my parents and other relatives. I landed in Florida my senior year and lived with my aunt and her family. With adulthood rapidly approaching, I had no clue what I wanted to be when I "grew up". My aunt encouraged me to speak with an Air Force recruiter and a year later in 2003 I decided to join. My decision to join was made during a slow afternoon shift at Sir Pizza in Siler City, NC. The news was showing a clip of the Air Force dropping bombs over Baghdad. I was 19. I can't really explain the correlation but at that moment the feeling that my future depended on getting out of that small town as fast as I could was overwhelming. Before I left for basic training I had been taking a medical course at the local community college and had my heart set on becoming a medic. Fortunately for me there were no open medic positions available so I went into the Air Force without having a job. When it was time for people like me without jobs to pick jobs I got lucky. The recruiter was listening to a radio station that I knew my step-dad donated money to. I struck up a conversation about the station with him and before long I was telling him about my childhood, how being creative had always carried me through hard times but aside from that I didn't really have a clue what I wanted to be, only what I thought I should be. He said "I have just the job for you." And with that I was sent on my way as a 3V0X1, Visual Information Journey Man aka Graphic Artist.
I remained in the Air Force until 2013. The most memorable days of my career were spent designing for the 509th Bomb Wing, home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber. My most unique experience during that time was designing a larger than life banner that Mr. Dick Cheney, Vice President at the time, stood in front of as he gave a speech in a B-2 hangar. His speech in front of that banner was televised nationally. Leading up to that event his men in black took over my office and watched over my shoulder to ensure everything was perfect. From that experience I learned the importance of being meticulous and working under pressure. I also loved being a part of the 509th Bomb Wing, everything about the B-2 Stealth Bomber was a work of art and I loved that aircraft.
Towards the middle of my military career I was re-classed into the photography career field. I continued to design but doubled as a photographer for the 440th Airlift Wing at Pope Army Air Field in North Carolina. That's how I ended up in Southern Pines.
There's some other stuff in between like a company I worked for in Winston Salem printing and assembling golf signs, and a position in a really cold vaulted office that I held for almost 5 years at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), but fast forward to 2014 and well, what you see here on my website is what I do full time as a freelance artist.