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I started my first sketchbook at 3 years old, needless to say art has been a lifelong passion (Image courtesy of Jackie Tribble).

Artist of the Week: Jacqueline Tribble

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Jacqueline Tribble: A couple years ago my mom ran into my preschool teacher and one of her first questions was "Does Jacqueline still like to paint?" I started my first sketchbook at 3 years old, needless to say art has been a lifelong passion. At the University of Washington I was educated in oil painting and I've dabbled in acrylics and gouache, but watercolor is my medium of choice. I love layering translucent colors and really building a painting from the ground up. The pure white of the paper is so reflective and gives a beautiful luminosity under the rich watercolor pigments laid on top.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
My studio work starts with a series of original photographs, often taken during hikes in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I then manipulate the photographs in editing software to get my final image that I want to work on for my finished piece. Trees and plants get moved around, colors get heightened or subdued, and once satisfied I use it as my reference photograph. I then stretch my watercolor paper and loosely sketch my composition. I do all of my work freehand (no projectors, tracing, or grids) because I often keep manipulating the sketch before I begin putting paint to paper, then it is a matter of building up the lights and darks with several layers of watercolors.

When not in the studio I also enjoy painting en plein air, it is an opportunity to impulsively create a painting in a matter of an hour or two and quickly explore color and shape relationships. Occasionally I will use plein air sketches as references for studio work as well.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
The natural world and all it has to offer. I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and I am constantly captivated by the variety of flora, fauna, and landscapes in this special part of the world. From the misty cloud cover in the winters to the bright cloudless skies of the summer, the light is ever changing and can transform the most familiar scene into something special that I must put down on paper.

Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
Nature is what I like best! I never get bored of the subject, there is always an endless supply of inspiration.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
I lived in England for several years and fell in love with the little English robins there. They don't look much like the robins here, except for the orange breast, and they are the sweetest songbirds I've ever encountered. While walking in one of the National Parks I heard one singing and kept searching for the a speck of orange among the trees, when I finally spotted it I took several photographs which inspired me to paint its portrait a year later. I have the original framed on my dining room wall and it reminds me of my time in England and of those lovely tiny birds.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
During college I did a study abroad program in Rome for several months. It was a studio art program and it was the first time that I really got to explore what I wanted to paint, rather than being told and shown what to paint. I went out with my sketchbook everyday to different locations in the city and quickly discovered my passion for interpreting landscapes in watercolor. This was the start of the subject and medium I still pursue today.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
My website: On my website I keep a blog with current events and make sure to update all my latest work in my online portfolio. Additionally, I have framed and matted prints for sale at a shop called Millstream on Bainbridge Island. I'm also on Etsy, Facebook, and Pinterest:

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
I moved to North Bend last year and have only just started painting the local landscape, I keep getting more excited about the endless possibilities it has to offer! An author has recently reached out to me and will be including some of my work in an upcoming cookbook focused on the Olympic Peninsula, it will be part of the new Beauty and Bounty series by Lynn Adams. I'll put more information on my website closer to publication.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
In tiramisu (does that count?!) If I am going to consume coffee, it needs to be in that delicious Italian dessert! I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I do love tea.