She is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer and educator who creates work in both traditional media and using digital technologies. She loves traditional painting created with oils, watercolors, acrylics mixed media and has a keen interest in screen printing and surface pattern. She regularly likes to experiment with a range of different mediums to spark creativity. She is very much inspired by the nature and particularly flowers which feature predominately in her work. She also is very interested in exploring textures, pattern, structures and form. The main genre of Jackie’s work is floral and still life.
She is currently a full-time lecturer with over twenty years’ experience at Southern Regional College teaching on disciplines ranging from Art fundamentals to that of Immersive technologies (Virtual and Augmented reality). She has a background in art and in printed textiles and continues to explore surface pattern with digital and traditional tools and can often be found with her iPad drawing and mark making creating patterns and designs to complement her traditional painting. Jackie has a BA Hons in Textile and fashion (1993), an MSc in Computing and Design (2000) and Postgraduate diploma in teaching for further and higher education (2005) from Ulster university. She has experience working in swimwear design, printed textiles, interior design, and as a colourist for fabrics for furnishings. She has sold paintings regionally and created private commissions. In her early career she sold printed textile designs in US, Europe, Japan and UK. Jackie Toal also has recently been selected into the Ulster Society of Women Artists in 2022 as an associate member.