alcohol inks on yupo paper, 12×10 inches, 2016
The greatest influence on my work is nature; the changing of seasons, the different cycles, the journey of one’s life and the evolution of the soul. All reminders that nothing is permanent. Inks are my favourite medium to work with. It’s so exciting to pour them onto yupo paper. As yupo is smooth and impermeable, the inks flow and move about in an exciting and uncontrolled way. I am forced to allow what will happen to actually happen. I could step in at any time and impose my will, but I’ve discovered over time that the best results are achieved when I simply sit and wait. It is an intuitive process, and it’s at this point that a piece reveals itself. It almost feels like it’s telling a story. I then work with the piece by applying ink with a brush or by removing ink with alcohol. It’s when I feel satisfied that I apply a fixative to complete the work.
Jacqueline Staikos is a largely self-taught contemporary artist living in rural Ontario. She has exhibited her art in several Ontario galleries including shows in Toronto, Kingston and in New York City. Her creative process involves working with inks, acrylics, oils and mixed media. She is currently working out of her home studio in Newtonville, Ontario. More of her art can be viewed on her website jstaikos.org or on Instagram @jstaikosart.