Dear Art Friends,

With heavy hearts we share with you that Jackie Saunders passed away on Thursday, May 27th. She died peacefully and had a chance to say goodbye to her family and many of her loved ones. She was preceded by her husband, John, this past December. 
While Jackie was a frequent and continuous supporter of the DCAMC's online sessions, she was a beloved friend and part of our DC area art community long before any of this 'online stuff'.
While an instructor with The Art League (Alexandria), teaching both 'Gestures in Ink' and 'Faces in Watercolor,' she worked with many models, often two for each class. We all were endeared by her gentle kindnesses, nurturing nature, and infectious enthusiasm for life and art. She frequented the area's Open Life sessions, particularly those at McLean Project for the Arts as well as the Art League, where she knew most of the other artists, and greeted nearly everyone by name. She spent the model breaks asking after family and complimenting other artist's work. If you didn't know her before that session, you did leaving!  

As well as this video interview from TAL, we want to share with you a few of our memories along with art from sessions both online and in-person that she generously shared with us. 
A May 2021 interview with Jackie on the subject of teaching and art, courtesy of The Art League Alexandria.
We love her, and she will be greatly missed by her art family.
Jackie was one of the first artists I met at The Art League in Alexandria. I immediately felt comfortable working under her instruction which was more than enough reason for me to return.  Rarely at her easel, I soon learned where she was most in her artistic zone when I would see her legs folded and sitting on the floor with her ink or watercolors. I am very appreciative and fortunate to have had the experience in knowing such a beautiful and gifted person. There are parts of life you don’t want to think about when you’re not ready to say goodbye. With love, rest easy Mrs. Saunders.
 💐  ~ Kenyatta
Jackie was such an enthusiastic, generous, supportive teacher and colleague from my early days of modeling and on.  I will forever appreciate her positive energy and warm, welcoming smile.
~ Harry Edgel
~ Allan

I was blessed to be introduced to Jackie through the DC Art Model Collective and our online zoom drawing sessions.

Jackie was always cheerful, smiling, laughing and having an absolutely fantastic time at our events. She was always complimentary of all the models, our set design, costuming and often wrote emails thanking us for our inspiring sessions.
Jackie was so talented and always brightened up the room in our sessions. She was a joy to work with and I feel very honoured to have met her.  She lived and breathed art and I know she will always be remembered for her artistic legacy.
My deepest condolences to Jackie's family, friends and colleagues.  May she rest in peace and may her memory be eternal.
~ Shadiyah Curione
Adieu Jackie… much of you is still here in our images and our personal and collective memories…for me you will always be seated cross legged on the floor, maybe 5 feet away, your watercolors flowing across your paper and eventually becoming your interpretation of me on that particular day. 

Thank you.
Jackie was a wonderful artist and thoughtful person to work with and to just be around. I worked with her for over 10 years. I remember a year or so before the pandemic, pretty much every time I was posing for her she would bring chocolates to share with the group to sweeten up their day.
Little did she know that her kind presence was already brightening up our day!

Here is one Jackie did of me during a Model Extravaganza when I portrayed Simone de Beauvoir. It won Best in Show for “Petite December” 2020 at the Art League.
~ Jalene
I only met Jackie twice, via Zoom - four times if you include Model Extravaganzas. We exchanged a few short emails about drawing sessions. Still, she was a mirror for me - a particularly striking one whose stunning ability to pick up what I was putting down, to "harmonize" with me, made what I was doing feel fulfilling and worthwhile.
Art aside, her vibe was impossible not to pick up even via Zoom and our very few, very brief email exchanges. Her enthusiastic and nurturing spirit came through immediately, and I could tell she was just a cool person - someone I would have liked to actually know. I wish we'd had more sessions together. I wish we'd met in person.
Thank you for crossing paths with me, for supporting our community, and for being such a wonderful mirror, Jackie. It was lovely to harmonize with you.
~ Emily
 ❤ ~ Sarah @indigoafterall
~ Desi
The amazing and beautiful light of Jackie will forever be missed.
💜~ Gazelle
Like many, I met Jackie Saunders in the classroom, perched on the model stand, while she roamed about the room working with students at their easels. Her instruction was always full of empathy for her subject, and she never made me feel anything other than valued and greatly privileged to work with her.
  Often she eschewed the easel herself in favor of sitting or kneeling in front of the model stand. When she painted you, you came alive on her page. Even if she fussed about not feeling like she captured a likeness, I always saw myself in her work, as I would like to be.

Jackie was one of the very brightest lights, always ready to voice words of encouragement, support and love. Her enthusiasm and sheer joy to be creating art were unmatched and I will forever be grateful to have known her. 
 ~ Sheba
If you want to send condolences please address them to:

9519 Wythal Lane
Burke VA 22015

Please do not send any flowers.
If you would like to make a donation in Jackie's (or John’s) memory please donate to Catholic Charities:
Donate to Catholic Charities USA

Thank you to all of you, our supporting artists!

The DC Art Model Collective Administrative team:

Gazelle, Jalene, and Sheba

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