Jolene Mackie is an artist living and working in Kelowna BC. Her current series of work bridges her fascination with the beauty in the world around us, and the magic of the human imagination. By exploring these themes Jolene takes the opportunity to reflect on the brevity of human existence, and find joy and whimsy in the imagination. It is easy to be humbled by the human experience – while art and culture is something that can ground us in the present moment, and allow us to truly appreciate our world.

For this most recent body of work, Jolene is choosing compositions that start to reveal the process of her painting. By slowly building smooth colour transitions, and building whimsical narrative places and objects in her paintings, the viewer can experience the joyful and calm state they are created in.

It is my intention to create work that invokes pause and reflection in the viewer. It might be the spur of a memory, or a wish for the future – it is this visceral impact I aspire to create. As with any creative journey I see both the result of this work, as well as the process equally significant. I believe in striving to create a moment of breath in my work, as I am also seeking this breath in my personal life. There is magic to participating in the present moment – and to enjoying the human imagination – instead of constantly being caught up in questions of the past and concerns for the future.