The powerful beauty and drama of Alaska has been a source of artistic inspiration to Neville Jacobs since she first came to Anchorage with her parents in 1949, from California. She held her first solo show in 1953, and has been exhibiting regularly in Alaska and other states ever since. Her work hangs in private and public collections throughout the world.
Neville began her career as an artist “unofficially” as a little girl. Her grandmother studied art informally, but thoughtfully, and painted well. She painted subjects with her granddaughter on the many trips the family took together in California and other parts of the west. Neville says:
“I’ve always been attracted to the landscape and the natural world.”
Her work as a serious artist came after the family moved to Alaska. Neville says:
“The dynamic power of the landscape was compelling. I felt I was bursting with energy, with the emotion aroused from the beauty I saw. Naturally it came out through painting. I used all media, pastels, colored pencils, oils, acrylics, and watercolors. Primarily I worked in oils, however, I used watercolor for sketching. It was not until 1980 that I turned to watercolor as my major medium. Now, recently I am working in oils, again. I need to express some of my feelings through oil. It’s simply different, and I love the characteristics of both media.”