J. LACY COUGHLAN
Shown above - Sawgrass, Everglades NP, Florida
About the Artist
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Jeannie and her writer - photographer husband, William Delorey, make their home in the Southeastern United States where she teaches oil painting, paper collage, basic elements of layout and design and other art related workshops. She is a President of the community Artistic Souls artisan group and Chairman of the annual Celebration of the Arts Expo.
Western Pennsylvania native, J. Lacy Coughlan began sketching and painting the animals and country roads, fields and orchards that surrounded her at a very young age. While in high school, an art teacher entered one of her projects into a student exhibition. The piece won Best of Show and an artist was born. After graduation, she continued formal studies in fine art, in addition to attending workshops and mentoring with contemporaries whose work she admired.
The artist's preferred medium is oil. She works in layers of colors, first applying a base under-painting, sometimes two, in contrasting hues before actually beginning a piece. Wildlife and nature are her main focus, but occasionally she paints portrayals of children as well as thought provoking surreal images. Both the artist and her writer / photographer husband, William Delorey, are avid travelers and she often works from photographs of wildlife, or the inspiration of a legend chanced upon during one of their trips west. As a result, many of her paintings have an engaging story behind them.
Jeannie firmly believes in giving back, and often donates both time and artwork to charitable events benefiting local medical centers and children's art education programs. It has been these volunteer opportunities that she holds most dear. The three award winning Red Wagon floats (Harry Potter, Rainy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Sesame Street) her creative team designed to benefit Jacksonville Wolfsons' Children's Hospital were all labors of love.
Design and creative writing are also among the artist's many interests and she finds it emotionally rewarding to step away from the easel to craft the floral bouquets for a bridal party, or decorate a community center for the Holidays. As for writing... much of her thirty-plus year corporate career was spent as a communications specialist and copy writer. It seemed only natural to apply that experience, together with her journalism studies, toward creative writing. Jeannie has four Indy published books available on Amazon, including the factious memoir, Crabshell, an Amazon novel contest quarter finalist. Currently, she working on a murder mystery manuscript.