ABOUT THE ART ROOMS
By Jacky Al-Samarraie
I founded The Art Rooms in 2007. Although I'd been creative from an early age, I didn’t pursue a career in Art until later in life.
Instead, I went into the caring profession and trained as a nursery nurse. I moved to London after leaving college from Liverpool where I grew up and became a nanny, then moved into a career in Social Services working with children & families. I then moved to Abu Dhabi for a while.
After returning to the UK, my life brought me to Bradford and eventually a return to Social Services where I spent 21 years.
During the time when my children were growing up I developed my creative skills through a variety of part time courses, moving gradually into vocational studies. I studied Interior Decoration, followed by an HNC Graphic Design, gaining distinctions in both and then graduated with a first class honours degree in Graphic Media Communication in 2003. I studied at Bradford College of Art Design & Textiles, where David Hockney also studied. I loved being an Art student.
I specialised in Graphic Design as it suited my style of work. As part of my studies, I developed a love and appreciation of printmaking and letterpress. I love the unique appearance and tactile quality of letterpress. I also developed a style of work using blocks of colour, which later evolved into the creation of my signature Landscape collection.
I created my first Landscape in 2006, following a weekend in Robin Hoods Bay.
They combine simple silhouetted images with blocks of vibrant colour.
The Landscapes have become incredibly popular over the past few years and they have taken me on an amazing journey. They have helped me to realise a dream and combine what I love to do whilst discovering the beautiful countryside and nature.
Who knows where my travels will take me next?