Jacqueline Agius, watercolour artist

My name is Jacqueline Agius and I am primarily a watercolourist. I love the landscape with its wide open spaces, the glittering sea and especially the warm stone buildings standing proud against the skyline.

How did you get started?
I was born to an artistic father, the late Edwin Conti, an artist and draughtsman and his talen seems to have rubbed off on me. Drawing as a child was never a difficult task. Following oil painting classes in secondary school and several courses at the School of Art in Valletta my paintings evolved as the years went by.

Sailing boats at Ta' Xbiex, by Jacqueline Agius
Sailing boats at Ta’ Xbiex, by Jacqueline Agius

Describe your work in less than 10 words.
It captures the beauty of the world around us.

What genre do you consider your work to be?
Everyday scenes from Malta and Gozo.

Your favourite from among your own artworks?
I’m sorry I find it very difficult to answer this one. It would be one where I love the play of light and shadow.

Where was your first exhibition held?
My first public solo exhibition was held at The Palace Hotel, Sliema in December 2009.

Blue Balconies by Jacqueline Agius
Blue Balconies by Jacqueline Agius

What are you working on at the moment?
I am presently working on a commissioned painting of Mgarr Harbour, Gozo.

How long have you been painting?
I have been painting all my life but only started exhibiting publicly six years ago.

Are you a morning person or do you come alive at night?
I am a morning person. When painting in watercolour, that is a transparent and translucent medium, light is very important and I therefore I prefer working in natural light.

How many coffees a day? Don’t embellish
I don’t like coffee!

Sundays can be very productive for some and very unproductive for others. How do you spend yours?
I find Sundays very relaxing indeed and tend to produce a great amount of work on Sundays.

View from Nadur by  Jacqueline Agius
View from Nadur by Jacqueline Agius

Wine and cheese. Yes or no?
No.

If you were given a million euros, what would you indulge yourself with?
A house with a large garden that I can landscape to my heart’s content.

Favourite place to holiday?
Italy.

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