Jackie Humphrey’s artwork is the focus of an exhibit through July at the East Feliciana Parish Clerk of Court’s Office in Clinton.
Her paintings have been on display since June.
From an early age, Humphrey, a resident of Zachary, has had an interest in art.
“I’ve drawn or painted for as long as I can remember,” she said.
Though she doesn’t have much formal training, she doesn’t describe herself as self-taught either.
“So many talented artists have helped me along the way, I’d say that I learned from all of them, and what a joy and blessing they’ve been,” Humphrey said.
She admits to watching several instructional videos online and learning from an excellent art teacher during her primary school years.
“My sister, Barbara Goldsberry, also an art teacher, always offered me encouragement and has taught me a few art tricks here and there over the years,” Humphrey said.
Born and raised in rural Osborne, Kansas, Humphrey studied horses at Dodge City College in Kansas. While at college, her father encouraged her to take an art class after noticing her talent for drawing, but it wasn’t until several years later while working night shifts at a Houston hospital that she was able to take daytime drawing classes at a local college.
Remaining busy over the years by working in many professions and at many jobs, Humphrey said she never lost interest in her art or in horses.
“Although I’m good at drawing, I’ve taken to painting more recently using all mediums but preferring to paint in acrylic the past three years,” Humphrey said. “Presently, I’m exploring all styles of art and like to paint things in nature such as animals or mountain scenes and landscapes.”
She says her favorite artist is Norman Rockwell.
A member of the Zachary Artists Guild, Humphrey’s first showing was in 2014 at the Zachary Art Crawl, a community art event, and the Clerk of Court’s Office display is her second showing.
“One of the greatest perks of being a member of Zachary Artists Guild is that the group is full of some of the best local artists,” Humphrey said. “Getting to see their art and the processes they use to achieve that art is amazing, and having them share their advice concerning my own work in order to help me achieve success is very inspiring and helpful.”
When she isn’t painting, Humphrey, who has lived in Zachary the past seven years, is devoted to spending time with her husband of 23 years and her three children.
“I hope people will enjoy viewing my art as much as I’ve enjoyed making it, and who knows, maybe some of my paintings will inspire someone to pick up a brush and try painting for the first time,” she said.
Humphrey’s work is on exhibit at the Clerk of Court’s Office, 12305 St. Helena St., Clinton until July 31. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.