Jade's Biography

Jade is a creative and enthusiastic soul.
She was born in Amsterdam, but raised in Walsall, West Midlands. Jade has always been creative. She won a local painting competition when she was four years old and this was the start of her continuous interest in art. One of her icons when she was growing up was Vincent van Gogh. His work is still an emotional inspiration for her. However, it wasn’t until she was in her twenties that the real desire to paint became apparent.

When she was twenty two, she had an amazing healing from an energy field healer called Rebecca Austin. She was a lovely lady and held Jade’s hand through the gateway of energy healing. After her first Healing, she had the urge to paint. Her first painting was ‘My Lady’ ( ). The whole experience was a catalyst to change her whole life around.
Shortly after this, Jade and her family moved overseas. After living abroad for a while, she came back to England. She felt that she had been called back here, she listened and returned. She landed back with just her suitcase. She had had to leave her paintings behind, but they have now been safely reunited with her.
On returning, Jade has opened up many new avenues in her life. She became a member of OBOD and subsequently became a Reiki Master. Her paintings can be seen in the deck of Reiki cards that she has created.
Jade now lives in beautiful Shropshire woodland in an eco-house, close to the land and the cycle of the year. Her home was built by her partner with timber from the surrounding woodland and many of the fixtures are reclaimed. She is at home with nature and this is a great source of energy and inspiration for her. Within this special place, she lives and works.
Jade has her own catering business called . This is another opportunity for her creative talents, this time in the kitchen. Her mission to use fresh ingredients and whole foods is how she creates a wonderful array of delicious, nutritious dishes. Colour is also important here as she carefully plans menus which please both the eye and the taste buds. Her love of fresh herbs, home-grown of course, inspires her to use their flavours and colours wherever possible. Always ready to expand her knowledge, she is currently studying for two diplomas in nutrition and naturotherapy.

She also designs websites. These include: wildways on the borle.co.uk, bendywicks .co.uk, Naturecater.co.uk, reiki healing cards.com,
Jade is constantly looking for knowledge, both earthly and spiritually, as she continues her life journey. Her paintings are the expression of her emotions, her outlet. Her life will create her future paintings….. watch this space!

Self-taught experimental abstract painter

2005 Exhibition - Valle San Lorenzo - Tenerife
2005 Exhibition - Los Cristianos - Tenerife
2006 Exhibition - Matisse – Los Cristianos - Tenerife
2008 Exhibition - Cinnamon Meeting House - Bridgnorth
2010 Exhibition - Forge - Shropshire
2010 Exhibition - Severn centre
2011 Exhibition - The forge - Shropshire

2002 Winner Fresh Air competition - B.B.C
2005 Commissioned Work - Fiesta Bar - Tenerife
2005 Finalist Rapid painting competition – Santa Cruz - Tenerife
2006 Commissioned Work - Samnsara – Tenerife
2007 Illustration – Reiki Symbols
2008 Illustration – diploma course
2009 Illustration – Dancing in Banana Land
2011 Willow Dragonfly living sculpture – Discovery centre, craven arms
2011 Commissioned Community Art Work – Velvet
2013 Reiki Healing Cards published

Painting was a hobby now it is a way of life and because of this, I paint for myself first and then, for the messages that people receive from my paintings. As the artist, my expression is from myself and I enjoy the freedom of letting my creativity and imagination fly

Much of my work depicts nature and spirituality. Each work has been a journey, emotionally and physically. The works are created spontaneously from the sub-conscious and usually alla Prima. I employ abstract qualities of colour to create my work. I like to use a bright, vibrant palette, as I believe colour to be very important for our wellbeing.
The aim of my work is to emphasise that there is more than one way to look at everything.
Painting is a passion I cannot live without. My work is mostly abstract and my favourite medium is oil. I do use acrylic on occasion.
I have been painting since my late teens and thrive off a blank canvass and a vibrant palette.
I really can’t say much more about my work apart from, every painting I have done and will continue to do is a part of me, as much as the hand that I hold the brush with.

I believe that everyone sees things and reacts differently to all things in life, including art. Art should move something inside of you. It should make you think, smile, frown even, but it must provoke something in a person.

So as the selection panel, you will all have a different personal reaction to my work.
I hope that you enjoy the moment and I am hopeful that my work stirs something within you all.

Jade's Artist Statement

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