Paying it Forward ! :)

The Month of May is coming to an end… and what at month it was !

It is always a wonderful high when an artist sells a piece of art… so to sell six  – well I was climbing the emotional highs of Mount Everest !! :) It is exciting, validating, sweet, humbling and such an honor to know that your heart has expressed colorful visions which someone else feels and loves !

 These are the special six this  month :


Daydreaming : 16 x 20 Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas


The Apple Tree; 16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas


Good Neighbors; 9 x 12 Oil on Canvas


Sweet Heart 9 x 12 Mixed MediaThe Apple Tree; 16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas


Mount Lafayette; 9 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas


Red Oak Waiting 36 x 40 Mixed Media on Canvas

My  joy did not stop there…. in fact it was eclipsed by something so much more. 

Did you ever see the movie, “The Bucket List“… if not PLEASE make a date !! :)  Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.  Jack tells Morgan that God really only wants to know two things as you stand before the gates of Heaven : “Did you have Joy in your Life” AND “DID YOU PUT JOY INTO the lives of others??”

It is always good to be reminded of this… I know that we all try to volunteer whenever we can and make a difference in the lives of others.  Two very special little boys inadvertently came into my life…  Jake Burke is a friend who used to work at UMass Lowell, where i work;  Jake and his wife Beth, now in Georgia, have a wonderful little boy Jack… who, although I have never met Jack, his persona is BIG – i mean the boys’s passion and love of life just springs forth; i follow his life through the eyes of his dad Jake who shares via Facebook and Jack’s NF page… Jack is looking for a cure for NF (Neurofibramatosis)

He is a sweet, happy, courageous young man with an enormous heart and every day makes a difference in the lives of so many…

This is my painting to Jack…


for JACK :)

 Jack and all the things Jack loves… his mom and dad, brother Luke, sister Grace; Red Sox, Patriots, purple belt karate expert, star wars, Obe Wan kanobe and Darth Vadar; turtles, and music… especially the tune “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash…

 Later this month I was contacted by my friend Julie Simon who asked if I could donate a painting to the silent auction for a fundraiser for another sweet little four year old boy, Joey Middlemiss, who was born with a rare heart disorder,and  will need a heart transplant before he turns 5.  One morning I watched a video of Joey with his guitar singing “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.  I have never met Joey but “he had me at hello” !! J  I painted a heart and around it the words from the song “I’m Yours”. 


Joey's Painting


Me and Joey and Joey's Painting :)

It was such a joy to meet Joey last Friday night at the Tyngsboro Sports Center Fundraiser. As I was chatting to my friend Lisa, I heard a familiar song start to ;play “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash… then to my amazement the DJ said that this was Joey’s favorite song !!….  thousands of miles away was Jack Burke, who also loves this song and which is the song I referenced in Jack’s painting!!  The Universe works in strange ways… what beautiful karma :) two little boys connected by art,a song and their amazing spirit  :)


It feels so wonderful to “pay if forward”… i’m very dedicated to using my art make a small bright difference in the lives of such amazing young lives :)

Every time we sow a seed of giving, a huge oak tree appears in our lives… new opportunities to grow as a human being and the makings of a life well lived :)

It is true that I brought joy to Jack and Joey, but the real gift is the great joy they gave back to me J

Please take some time to visit Jack’s page :

Jack is also on Facebook

Many people were not able to attend Joey’s fundraiser last Friday : donations can still be made to the Tyngsboro superintendent of schools’ office, 50 Norris Road, Tyngsboro, MA 01879. Checks payable to: Joseph Middlemiss’ Big Heart Fund.

 You can visit Joey’s Tufts Medical Center Care Page at :

 Looking forward, I’m excited to be doing another special painting for another great non-profit organization : PROJECT SMILE

Founded by the AMAZING Catherine Pisacane, Project Smile is federally tax exempt non-profit organization which donates stuffed animals, coloring books/crayons, small toys and children’s reading books to police and fire departments for police officers, fire fighters and paramedics to give to children involved in traumatic situations

I will be donating a painting for the silent auction at Project Smile’s 8th Anniversary fundraiser on October 21 @ 6.30pm at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford MA.

For more information, please visit :

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About jacqui hawk

Jacqui Hawk is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland and began her career in the arts over 20 years ago and now resides in Dunstable, near Boston, Massachusetts. She is an experiential artist, impacted by a deep visceral connection to her soul and the innate struggle to depict her intimate feelings and views on to the canvas in a spontaneous and abstract self-expression. Each of her paintings are emotional in nature and a metaphor for her life’s journey, from Scottish origins, travels around the world, personal struggles and challenges, events in society. They embody the magic and whimsical illusions of a child and the strength and wisdom of a woman with an old soul. She work mainly in acrylic and mixed media, including wax, pearlescent powders, gesso of different consistencies, stained glass pieces, decoupage, and unusual objects she finds washed up on the beach. Her recent compositions are organic and primitive in nature and reveal a range of emotions from sadness, hope, peace, renewal, right through to euphoric joy.
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6 Responses to Paying it Forward ! :)

  1. Great blog. I am a colleague of Jake’s and saw this on FB. Jack is a special little boy, who will do amazing things. I don’t have a “bucket list”, but a to experience list! Thank you for sharing!


    • jacqui hawk says:

      Helen, THANK YOU :) I love your blog too – and you have an amazing Experience List ! :) I have a brother in Scotland – so may be able to help you with the Castle in Scotland wish, and a sister in England who loves High Tea :) My car is ticking up to 165,000 and I have NO intentions of throwing it away either !! :)


      • I love connecting with people and experiencing laughter along the way! Thanks for the info about your family and will keep them in mind when I begin to plan those experiences.

        Thank you for you kind words and have a great day!


  2. Juli says:

    Thank you so much for so generously sharing your heart, art and talent with us! I was thrilled that you could be such a special part of Joey’s fundraiser.
    Love & light!


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