Jacqueline M. Bradley


Jackie has roots in 3 continents; she was born in the Belgian Congo (now République Démocratique du Congo), Africa, was educated in Europe and has lived in North America for the past 35 years. Québec, Canada was her home before moving to San Luis Obispo, California in 1974 where she lives with her husband. She also has roots in 2 disciplines: 3 years of art school at the Institut Marie-Thérèse in Liège, Belgium and 4 years of training for Registered Nursing.

Many people have enjoyed Jackie’s workshops in silk painting at the Live Oak Music Festival where her logo was selected for 2005. Her classical art training exposed her to traditional old masters, contemporary and modern European art. Her main interests include drawing, water media and especially silk painting. The richness and subtle hues made possible with French dyes and the use of “resist” is what makes silk painting so exciting and challenging for the artist. It also holds the potential for creating both 2D and 3D art. Jackie will use figurative and realistic approaches as well as abstract themes to interpret and draw inspiration from the beauty of the Central Coast and other California locales.

Jackie has been a selected artist for the Central Coast Wine Classic in 2004 and 2005 and has donated “The Tree of Life” to the Hospice Group of San Luis Obispo, a large 2-dimensional piece used for their fundraising efforts and logo. She attended the 2007 “Le Chambon sur Lignon,” an International Silk Painting Festival in France. She has also taught several classes on silk painting in San Luis Obispo County and in March 2011 she gave several silk painting classes in Alamos, Mexico. In September 2011, three of her fine arts silk paintings were accepted in a juried show. Her work is currently on exhibit at Vina Robles Winery for the next three months.

Jackie is a member of the San Luis Obispo Art Association, the Central Coast Watercolor Society, the Central Coast Craftmakers, the Paso Robles Art Association and a local sub-chapter of SPIN. Her work has been accepted in a variety of Central Coast, state and international juried shows and has been collected nationwide and internationally. She is a signature member of the Central Coast Watercolor society and serves on the Board of Directors at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Jackie has had many opportunities to meet and study with some of the top artists in California, the US and Europe.


Contact Info

If you are interested in workshops, purchasing, or commissioning art, please contact the artist.

Email: jackiebradley1213@att.net

Phone: (805) 541-0719 and ask for Jackie

The inspiration for my art varies. Sometimes I look at a beautiful flower, person or landscape and I feel the need to translate this vision into colors on paper and silk. Patterns, shadows and shapes in magazines, newspapers and on TV are intriguing to me and spark my creativity.

At present, my passion and vision for the arts goes to watercolors and silk paintings. They have similarities because they both use water to dilute the colors (or dyes). The way the colors blend is interesting and full of surprises!

A lovable aspect of silk painting is the potential for 3D. I use different techniques on silk: gutta and French dyes; shibori; solar; salt and alcohol; liquid wax and others. I also paint on many different types of silk.

My work is realistic when I use the “Basics of Art” as I learn in Europe. The use of drawing, focal point, perspective, good blend of colors and appropriate shading dominates.

In abstract art I think about composition, maintain unity and equilibrium of the piece and draw with clean lines. Only when satisfied with the drawing on paper will I think about colors: complimentary or similar; contrast or gradation: light or dark.

Artist Statement