Featured Artist Jacqueline Chanda

Artist Jacqueline Chanda presents a collection of figurative paintings that explore everyday life in urban settings. View more of her compelling portfolio by visiting her website.

 

painting of people at a cafe called Aix-presso in Aix en Provence by Jacqueline Chanda

“Aix-presso” oil on panel, 7” x 7”

 

My passion for art started when I was a young child in Detroit, Michigan, where I was born. At the tender age of seven I did a drawing of my mother that actually looked like her. My parents’ reaction to the drawing indicated to me that I had something special. From that point forward, I asked for art supplies as gifts for birthdays and Christmas.

 

painting of people in Cours Mirabeau in Provence by Jacqueline Chanda

“Cours Mirabeau” oil on panel, 9” x 12”

 

In those days, art was still very much a part of the public school curriculum. I remember learning about artists such as Picasso and Cezanne in elementary school. I even did a replica of the painting “Blue Boy” by Thomas Gainsborough.

 

painting of people shopping in the rain by Jacqueline Chanda

“Shopping in the Rain” oil on panel, 24” x 20”

 

As a young teen, my parents allowed me to turn our old garage into my art studio. In that space I did small paintings and drawings, and created handmade greeting cards that I later sold at the local stationery store.

 

painting of a woman walking with her morning coffee by Jacqueline Chanda

“Morning Coffee” oil on canvas, 40” x 30”

 

By this time, we had moved to California. In high school I took every art class I could and became the art teacher’s protégé. For three years in a row, I won scholarships to attend drawing lessons every Saturday at the California Art Center, today known as the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

 

painting of a street scene in Aix by Jacqueline Chanda

“A Street in Aix” oil on canvas, 14” x 18”

 

After high school, a scholarship took me to UCLA where I studied painting and drawing and obtained my undergraduate degree. Graduate school led me to Paris, France, where I studied visual arts, art education and plastic arts and theory and aesthetics at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts and the Sorbonne University. I also participated in open studio sessions at the Académie de Port-Royal. During this period, I exhibited at the Grand Palais and at the Galerie Louis Soulanges and sold work along the way.

 

figurative painting of pedestrians by Jacqueline Chanda

“Passing Time” oil on canvas, 20” x 16”

 

Upon graduation, my attention turned to building my academic career in art education. After a successful career, established through teaching and higher education administration, I turned my attention to my initial love—painting. I am now a full-time artist living in Tucson, Arizona.

 

painting of people walking in the street by Jacqueline Chanda

“Lady in an Orange Scarf” oil on panel, 12” x 9”

 

Because I am inspired by all that I see, the subject matter of my paintings varies and includes landscapes, portraits, animals, figures and genre paintings (scenes of ordinary life). I particularly like creating genre compositions that examine and scrutinize people in different settings, allowing me to record the nuances of everyday life.

 

painting of people crossing a city street by Jacqueline Chanda

“Green Means Go” oil on panel, 12” x 16”

 

I generally do not paint people posing or staring directly at the viewer. I like capturing them in the moment, in candid unscripted poses with unguarded expressions.

 

painting of people at Arasta Bazaar in Istanbul by Jacqueline Chanda

“Arasta Bazaar” oil on canvas, 40” x 30”

 

The intent is to create visual metaphors of narrative moments in ongoing stories of life. Hopefully, my paintings encourage the viewer to connect with life on a different level; seeing themselves and everyone as an integral part of the human experience.

 

painting of people window shopping by Jacqueline Chanda

“Window Shopping” oil on panel, 7” x 7”

 

My representational oil paintings are executed alla prima or indirect. My strokes are suggestive, painterly and loose and my compositions often make use of accidental cropping as in a snapshot. The intent is to create a natural, dynamic, authentic environment that draws in the viewer.

 

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