Jacqueline's expressionist ‘War Poppy Collection’ works recognise the suffering and sacrifice of soldiers who fought in WW1 and WW2, through to present day. The paintings use texture and layering as part of Jacqueline’s expressionism style, demonstrating that the hidden aspects are as important as those immediately visible. The red poppies are juxtaposed against highly textured, gritty impressionistic landscapes. Silhouettes help people connect with the works in a more personal, emotional and sentimental way; encouraging viewers to appreciate the subjective nature of the paintings and the impressionism.
Jacqueline began painting in 2014, following advice from her doctor to find a hobby, to help conquer severe depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. She found inspiration for the ‘War Poppy Collection’ when recalling the tragic death of her friend Royal Marine Neil Dunstan whilst he was serving with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force in Afghanistan in 2008. Marine Dunstan was killed in an IED explosion that destroyed his Jackal vehicle while undertaking a routine patrol with Afghan National Security Forces.
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