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. After graduation, she continued formal studies in fine art, in addition to attending workshops and mentoring with contemporaries whose work she admired.
Jeannie's preferred medium is traditional oils. 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 delves into surreal images. Both the artist and her writer - photographer husband, William Delorey, are avid travelers and she often works from photographs 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.
Design and creative writing are among the artist's many interests. 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 several Indy published books available on Amazon and is currently working on a murder mystery manuscript.
Appreciative of the modest success she has achieved, Jeannie firmly believes in giving back, and donates both time and creative works to charitable events benefiting local medical centers and children's programs. It has been these community service opportunities that she holds most dear. According to the artist, the three award-winning Red Wagon floats her creative team designed to benefit Jacksonville Wolfson's Children's Hospital were, "both fun and rewarding projects."
J. LACY COUGHLAN
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO REACH FOR YOUR DREAMS
About the Artist
The artist and her husband make their home in the Southeastern United States where she teaches oil painting, paper collage, basic elements of layout and design and other related workshops. A member of several art leagues and organizations, including the highly esteemed Oil Painters of America, she serves as President of her community artisan club, Artistic Souls and Chair of the annual 4th of July and Celebration of the Arts Expos.
Artist - designer J Lacy Coughlan with two of her Red Wagon character creations,
Big Bird and Oscar.
Shown above - Sawgrass, Everglades NP, Florida