Jacqueline Cornette was born in Perth Amboy, NJ. She has lived in New York, Virginia and most recently Pennsylvania. She holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and is currently working towards her MS in arts administration at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She has balanced successful careers as a professional exhibiting fine artist and as a creative director in advertising over 15 years. After the success of her first solo university show in 2002, she has devoted her career exclusively to the fine art of encaustic painting. In 2003, she relocated her studio just south of Philadelphia, to the Brandywine Valley. Since then, Ms. Cornette’s work has been featured on HGTV, NBC and numerous publications nationwide. Ms. Cornette recently created the Love Phanatic, which was part of a public art project for the Phillies. Ms. Cornette is also be featured in the newly released art book, 100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley.
She revives an ancient technique and creates a rough modernism of the ordinary still life. Numerous pigmented, molten wax layers are poured, painted, sculpted, layered and fused repeatedly. In the end, each piece becomes a textural, luminous work of art that combines the art of sculpture, painting and ancient precision craftsmanship.
Using techniques dating back to 5 B.C., Ms. Cornetteâ€™s work is created by using a combination of waxes, resins, gold leaf, and pigments that are applied in a molten state, then ultimately fused with high heat for permanency.