Welcome to Jacque’s Website

Jacque Duffy is an artist and writer. Both her art and her writing take many forms. The art ranges from photorealism to complete abstraction through to illustration and installation pieces. The writing stretches from poetry, educational children’s books, picture books, non-fiction, short stories and novels.

Along with all of her other projects Jacque is currently completing a university degree, working on an art exhibition, a non-fiction book about Mother Nature’s fury and a crime novel. She would like 60 hours in a day and unlimited funds, this way she is sure she could find the time to do more things.

Born in Brisbane, Australia, Jacque has always been creative and entrepreneurial. At 14 years old she left school after being offered a job with a national department store chain as a visual merchandiser. At 15 she designed and made jewellery supplying exclusive fashion stores on Queensland’s Gold and Sunshine Coasts and a chain of up market department stores.

With the extra money she earned from her jewellery, during her lunch break from work she put herself through ‘Gowrie’ and ‘June Dally Watkins’ elocution and deportment classes; she also bought a car had it re-upholstered and painted hot pink before she was old enough to drive.

Jacque has always made up stories and created colourful pictures for them. In her teenage years she enjoyed writing elaborately decorated letters to pen friends all over the world.

Creativity runs in the blood, Jacque’s two boys are both very inventive. Jacque likes nothing better than encouraging them, feeding their creativity.

The latest from my Blog...

Mental As...

Mental As...

Not everyone is mental enough to finish illustrating and publish a picture book, run a 30 day Kickstarter campaign, begin a four year full time university course, tutor university level fine arts students every second week, coordinate a writers group, apply for an artist in residence position, maintain a property in the wet tropics, and raise a family, all while navigating a divorce. I am. Did you notice I didn’t say I was trying to do these things? I am, (surprisingly) actually achieving. Everything is OK. Could you draw a breath somewhere in that very long, very exhausting, first sentence? NO? Good, I... read on
Treacle Covered Ladder

Treacle Covered Ladder

I was thinking this morning, yes I know, I’m always thinking, though sometimes it isn’t obvious… I was thinking that LIFE is like a ladder with treacle covered rungs. You know, one of those old fashioned timber ladders with dowel for rungs – the kind that hurt your feet. The kind used by decorators now. Like a treacle covered ladder, life can be sweet. It can also be sticky, slippery, fraught with dangers, and difficult to get to the top. My life is like that. I have two fantastic kids, great family, and wonderful friends. I live in a beautiful part of the... read on
Are Your Words Worth $2000?

Are Your Words Worth $2000?

Do you have a story to tell? The State Library of Queensland runs an annual Young Writers Award competition which I thought you  might be interested in.The short story competition is open to Queensland residents aged 18-25 with a cash prize of $2,000. WOW What a great opportunity.You can find out more info at www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/awards/ywa. Quick it closes soon... GET WRITING... hurry up (If you win I could do with a loan... or a box of chocolates) Tell your friends, Facebook it, Tweet it or actually sit down over a burger and talk about it  ;-)   Catch you soon Jacque... read on