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Jaquelin Perry

Jaquelin Perry hails from Colerain, NC, a rural town in the northeastern corner of the state just west of the Albemarle Sound. The area offers no shortage of inspiration, from dilapidated barns to scenic fields of what Perry calls “the usual suspects”: cotton, corn, peanuts, soybean, and sage. Her husband grows it all on the couple’s farm.  

“My paintings are about life,” Perry says. “During the summer, I can get outside and paint every day. The winter just doesn’t speak to me in the same way, so that’s when I am going to the grocery store to buy fresh flowers, and fruits and vegetables to set up my own still-life scenes. I don’t really like to paint from photographs.”

It’s not just Perry’s surroundings that inspire her, though. Creativity is in her bloodline, most immediately with her mother, Jaqueline Jenkins. Though her mother’s life tragically ended at a young age, Perry is quick to credit her as a muse, along with her grandmother.

"I feel so blessed to live in beautiful eastern North Carolina.   Everywhere I look there are endless possibilities for new paintings. My goal is to paint daily, and I am striving every day to improve my painting skills and find my own path as an artist. I try to paint exclusively from life when I can, and truly love the experience of en plein air painting.

 "I hope my paintings are exclamations of happiness and expressions of appreciation for our beautiful landscape. Painting is certainly a wonderful journey that gives me tremendous gratification. I am so fortunate to have a close circle of painting pals and mentors that I get together with on a regular basis for painting outings and support."


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
St. Mary’s School, Raleigh, NC

Recent Events

Featured Artist,  St. Mary’s School, Raleigh, NC, Fall 2013 Artist Series

Second Place, Landmark Competition, Arts of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC, September, 2013

Spring Group Show, Spectrum Gallery, Wilmington, NC 2013

Featured Artist, Beaufort, NC Historical Association Old Homes Tour, Beaufort, NC, 2012

Best in Show, Bertie County Art’s Council annual juried show, Windsor, NC 2012

Featured artist: Edenton Historical Commission, Taste of Edenton, NC fundraiser, Sept., 2011

50th anniversary commemorative invitational show, College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC – Sept. 2011

Two person show, City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC – May, 2011

Honorable Mention, annual juried show, Bertie County Arts Council, Windsor, NC – June, 2011

Three person show, City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC – August, 2010

One person show, John Silver Gallery, Manteo, NC – July 2010

Honorable Mention, Landmark Competition, Arts of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC 2010

Best in Show, Mollie Fearing Memorial Show, Manteo, NC – May 2010

Honorable Mention, Landmark Competition, Arts of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City – September, 2009

Featured Artist, Beaufort Food and Wine Festival, Beaufort, NC – April, 2009

One person summer show, John Silver Gallery, Manteo, NC- July 2009