- Jacqueline Ellens was born into an
army family and by the time she was five, she had
lived in four states
and two countries. Her family finally settled in the Michigan area
where she spent her teenage years.
- As a young adult, she attended the
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and majored in fine
art with a minor in art history. She studied with the noted
printmakers Frank Cassara and Paul Stewart, painters Vince Castagnachi
and Paul Kameroski, and studied fabric design and sculpture under
- After she finished school, she
showed her paintings, fabric sculptures and prints extensively through
out the tri-state region before uprooting and moving to New York
- Once in New York, Jacqueline landed
a job with a small ad-agency and learned the tools of the trade
working on print ads and collateral for clients that ranged from Scuba
Diving Suppliers to Book Publishers. In the early 80ís, Jackie joined
the creative group of the relatively new company, HBO. In total, she
spent an exciting eight years living and working in Manhattan before
marring a southern boy and moving to Mississippi.
- Jacqueline has lived in the Jackson
metro area and worked for the local NBC affiliate, WLBT from the late
80ís until 2005. Her job in television involved writing and producing
TV commercials, radio spots and newspaper ads. Today she owns
Southern Breeze Gallery.
- Recently Jacqueline completed her
MBA at Mississippi College in Clinton.
- Jackie is an avid outdoors-person
and has traveled the world in search of breath-taking vistas. Only a
few years ago she trekked to the base camp of Annapurna, a mountain
which lies squarely in the center of the Himalayas. Her travels have included
Ireland, Scotland, England, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, India, France,
Spain and Germany as well as most of the United States.
- Jackie paints landscapes from her
travels and images from her life in Mississippi. You will frequently
see her garden flowers, her friends and the Mississippi landscapes in
her paintings. She experiences the world as trembling with energy and
she conveys that impression of energy and movement in her paintings
with powerful, expressive strokes.