Jacqui Burley, following her passion for art, has explored a multitude of museums and art galleries around the world, has self educated through a variety of online courses, and has participated in painting classes taught by Colleen Johnson, as well as, attending painting classes at the Baxter Arts Centre. A Queen’s University graduate, she works full time managing the Loch-Sloy Business Park and she farms with her husband and three children, on the family’s 8th generation farm in Prince Edward County. She dedicates her limited spare time to experimenting with painting techniques, textures and colours that allow her the opportunity to express her love and fascination with nature, agriculture, animals and people. Her personal outlet of creativity has led to the request for a number of commissioned pieces. And, she has successfully exhibited her work in Art in the County, Maison Depoivre Art Gallery, some private shows and local charitable organization events.
Burley's painting titled “Ben” is a reflection of the segregation and isolation a young cousin is experiencing as he learns how to cope as an individual diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. May he and others like him, find the strength, support and continued hope to overcome the barriers resulting from society’s reaction towards this syndrome’s symptoms.