Recent works by local artists Lynda English and Jackie Wukela will be on display as part of Francis Marion University’s Art Gallery Series, May 24 through July 28.
The exhibits are open to the public, free of charge, and may be viewed between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Friday. English’s work will be on display in the Hyman Fine Arts Center gallery and Wukela’s exhibit will be displayed in the Smith University Center gallery.
English is a native of Florence. She is a member of the Florence Artist’s Guild, a “member of excellence” of the South Carolina Watercolor Society, a “signature member” of the Southern Watercolor Society and a “signature member” of the CPSA (Colored Pencil Society of America).
English taught art to grades six and above at The King’s Academy in Florence for four years. She and a business partner, Wukela, own the Lynda English Studio-Gallery and Art Supply. She teaches beginner and advanced watercolor classes and watercolor collage at the gallery, and does portrait and landscape commissions in watercolor and colored pencil.
English paints and draws in a very realist manner, giving great attention to color and detail. She enjoys layering her watercolors and colored pencils to achieve strong rich colors. Her favorite subjects are ones that have strong lights and darks. She also likes zooming in on ordinary objects, bringing the viewer right up to them so they can feel and see things they would normally overlook.
After several years as an elementary school teacher and then full-time wife and mother, Wukela now devotes much of her time to her art. Educated in Georgia with a degree in education, and further work in art at the University of South Carolina, she has been doing commissions for more than 20 years.
Although she began working in acrylics, over the years patron requests have led her to study and work in watercolor, pencil, colored pencil, pastels and oils.
“Commission work spawns ideas, so it becomes at once a luxury and then a necessity to have time to try out new techniques or further develop old interests,” Wukela said. “I try not to get bogged down in one medium for too long. I do a great deal of portrait commissions in oil and colored pencil, but my most innovative work right now is in acrylics.”
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