Jacqueline Elley’s work is primarily influenced by coastal environments. She is Taranaki based and has connections to the Coromandel Peninsula.

Through a diverse art practice of drawings, paintings and light boxes she explores the embodiment of light.

Her drawings explore the patterns and complexity of networks of refracted light.

In recent paintings her coastal environs immerse the viewer in the subject rather than viewing as a distant observer. These works approach a realist scene with more emphasis on abstract concerns. Solid forms are broken up by the warping reflections and refractions of water and light. She is interested in building an illusion of a “body” of water by building successive paint layers of glazes where splatters and colour transitions are embedded with luminous effect.

Light boxes take a direct interactive approach with light, using light sensitive materials to diffuse or condense light and in some cases to “illuminate” environmental concerns.