Jacqueline paints in both expressionism and impressionism styles. Her original works are painted impasto in acrylic, using texture to create mood and depth, with red remembrance poppies juxtaposed against gritty impressionistic landscapes. Her paintings feature silhouettes which help her audience connect with the works in a more personal, emotional and sentimental way; encouraging the people she paints for to relate to the subjective nature of the paintings.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Jacqueline was invited by the Royal British Legion to exhibit the War Poppy Collection at The Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Remembrance.
The following year forty-one of her remembrance paintings were exhibited at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, from March – July 2017, where they were in the company of no less than His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge, who visited the Arboretum to open the wonderful new Remembrance Centre there.
Jacqueline has been a guest on British Forces Broadcasting Services (BFBS) Radio to speak about her work, and her images have also featured in a number of publications. They have been used as cover images for magazines such as Army&You, the magazine of the Army Families Federation. A two-page interview with Jacqueline appeared in the March 2017 issue of the Veterans magazine, The Sandbag Times.
In October of the same year Jacqueline took great pleasure in accepting the position of official patron of both The Sandbag Times magazine and The Tommy Atkins Trust and Veterans Centre which officially opened in Worcester in November 2017.
In June 2018 Jacqueline was delighted to accept an invitation to become a Patron of the National Military Working Dogs Memorial charity (NMWDM UK) that commemorates the Military Working Dogs who bravely served their country in both World Wars and more recent conflicts.
In July 2018 Jacqueline was delighted to become a Patron of the Save our Soldier charity that helps support combatants suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Injury.
About The Artist
Jacqueline started painting the War Poppy Collection in 2014. Her first work, ‘We Remember, We Fight On’ was painted as a tribute to her friend Royal Marine Neil Dunstan, who tragically lost his life in an IED explosion whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2008.
Being one of the final generation whose grandparents served during The Second World War and whose great grandparents served during The First World War, Jacqueline has a strong desire to remind people, through her imagery, that the freedom they are blessed with today wasn’t free. Remembrance Day is Every Day.
Jacqueline’s military poppy prints have been well received by an international audience, and have very quickly proved extremely popular; she is now widely regarded as the country’s foremost Remembrance Artist.
About The Poppy
Located at 117 North Side Square at the heart of downtown Huntsville, The Poppy is the first truly authentic British pub in the area and a great addition to a downtown area desperately in need of somewhere that serves a proper pint.
Indeed, many Irish pubs in the United States are more Obama than O’Malley, and patrons frequenting British pubs are more likely to see nachos and corn-bread than a pub-dog lapping a pint from a biscuit tin.
Located a mere five miles from both the US Space & Rocket Center and Redstone Arsenal, downtown Huntsville has ever been an underwhelming experience for those visiting a vibrant and bustling city as large as Huntsville.
Best of all, the Poppy plays home to four “Beer Engines” a uniquely British dispensing device purpose built for dishing out traditional cask-conditioned ale. A mainstay of pubs in the UK and Ireland, a beer engine is a piston pump allowing oak casks to be retained in a cooled cellar below the bar. Beer is drawn up using a hand-pump, ensuring that cask-conditioned ale has a slightly lower degree of carbonation than standard beer.
If a cask-conditioned ale were served through a standard American dispensing system, pressure and temperature combine to increase the carbonation, ruining the delicate balance of flavors.
Try it for yourself and you will see that the difference between it, and some overly foamy yellow Perrier Water is night and day!
The authentic bar is an excellent location for a get together after work, and it also incorporates a number of rooms that can serve as the primary function room for a small to medium sized celebration, just like a proper pub should.
The Poppy : What You Should Know
The pub takes it’s name from a long-forgotten American tradition that survives across the pond.
In November of 1918, a poem by a Canadian military doctor named John McCrae inspired famed American humanitarian Moina Michael to wear and distribute poppies in honor of fallen soldiers.
The poem Flanders Fields describes in poignant detail the first signs of life after death, the flowering of small red plants on the graves of soldiers buried in northern France and Belgium following the carnage of World War I.
Two days before the Armistice Agreement was signed on November 11, Moina pinned a red poppy to her coat, and handed them out to ex-servicemen at the YMCA in New York where she worked.
On November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day, in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:
“To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.”
The poppy was officially adopted by the American Legion at a conference two years later, and the tradition continued until Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to celebrate the lives of all veterans, not simply those that died in and around Flanders Fields.
It has since become an international symbol of remembering fallen soldiers, especially in the UK and other Commonwealth countries.
Over three million poppies are sent to 120 countries outside the UK, and In the US, the country where the first poppies were worn in this way, the sight of them has sadly diminished.
Here at the Poppy, we would love to revive this great American tradition, celebrating the service, heroism, and patriotism of both the United States Armed Forces, and their stoic chums across the pond.
The Poppy : Additional Perks
The Poppy is a beautiful traditional pub and a great place to enjoy a small to medium sized event. Additional benefits of drinking at
Huntsvilles best pub also include:
Some top-drawer artwork from the very talented Jaqueline Hurley, widely regarded as the UKs foremost Remembrance Artist - her artwork features at The Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Remembrance each year and at the National Memorial Arboretum
Two authentic “Beer Engines” and a great selection of proper British and Irish ale
Plenty of genuine all-American beers for the country boys!
Irish bars in the United States are more Obama than O’Malley, and drinkers frequenting British pubs are more likely to see nachos and NFL than a pub-dog lapping a pint from a biscuit tin. If you yearn for a proper pint from a genuine British Beer Engine head down to the Poppy today, and you don’t even need a work permit.
Downtown Huntsville has been in desperate need of a proper pub for years, especially one that is as British as the Queen. With authentic cask ales lovingly pulled through a genuine British Beer Engine, you can really taste the difference. Just be sure to drink responsibly, or you may end up driving like Prince Phillip.
The only downside to drinking a pint pulled through a proper British Beer Engine, is that the next one that comes from a can will taste like it was filtered through your granddaddys sock. Come in for the most authentic pint of Cask Ale in the state, but don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Some people think that proper cask-conditioned ale doesn’t taste any better than the stuff that Anheuser-Busch distribute in aluminum kegs. Those people have worse taste than Hugh Grant, and we all know who he ditched Elizabeth Hurley for…
In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.