My name is Jacqueline Rueff, and I live in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. I live in the Cherokee National Forest, and my inspiration comes from the lore and superstitions of the Native peoples and Scot-Irish that lived here. When I walk through this wilderness, the creatures from those tales speak to me in the plants, streams, and wildlife. I see their spirits in the trees and faces in the bark. What I see, I create.
That leads me to my favorite holiday, All Hallows Eve! I love this time of year. The air is crisp and the leaves have turned beautiful red, orange, yellow, and brown hues. Everyone is carving the jack-o-lanterns and making their homes into every little boy’s and girl’s nightmarish dreams. We all get to dress up and relive our childhoods, wearing delightful, scary, and outlandish costumes. No one judges us, and we get to make a child’s dream come true by passing out candies. It’s magical!
I think that’s why I create the art pieces I do. I want to share the spirit of the season all year round. I want you to experience the joy and whimsy that I see every day when I look outside.
I hope that my art gives you a feeling of wonderment and that you get to experience the magical place I call home.
Otis and Ida Mae are clay pumpkin sculptures. They are hand-sculpted and hand-painted with glass eyes. Otis and Ida Mae's clothes are handmade. Ida Mae's necklace and bracelet are handmade clay pieces.
They sit on a wooden bench and have orange fairy lights to light the way for them.
Jacqueline Rueff is a Mixed-media artist from Tennessee. This is Jacqueline's first time exhibiting at the A.B.F.M. Magazine® Online Halloween Group Exhibition and she is featured in our artist directory on the website.
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Published JST, Sun October 01, 2023