About

The Art of Living

Jacobina Trump started her life in a small village in the South of the Netherlands surrounded by water. Sailing was what alleviated the difficulties of hay fever. While moving ever further on to the sea, she became excited about the feeling of limitlessness she saw being on a vast body of water. The sense of freedom appealed to her and made her happy. Trump hoped to make a living at sea but as a woman with poor eyesight, the odds were against her.

 Not knowing where to go

She decided to try and earn a living as graphic designer and then buy a boat. Working at big companies as an art director was not as satisfying as she thought it would be. The weekends were spent racing across the English channel as crew on various sailboats. Sometimes she went further away and one day in 1985 Jacobina Trump saw the most beautiful boat she had ever seen. A sophisticated, elegant, beautiful vessel called Velsheda was participating in a race off the coast of St Malo. Her dream was to sail a boat like that but it seemed impossible. This was only for very rich people.

The air is getting Lighter, we are well under way to a better world
48″ x 48″- 122 x 122 cm. Oil on linen. The air is getting Lighter, we are well under way to a better world

Leaving a Dark World behind, heading into the Unknown
36″ x 48″- 91 x 122 cm, oil on linen, gallery wrap. Leaving a Dark World behind, heading into the Unknown

Restlessness

Jacobina promised herself to work harder, to make a career and hopefully to get lucky one day, but the dream vanished behind the desk of the office where she had buried herself in work, not realizing she was bored to tears, in the “exciting” world of advertising. When the opportunity came to sail on a windjammer from London to Amsterdam in the Tall ships race, Jacobina boarded the windjammer Belem. This event provoked in her a deep desire for freedom and adventure. She quit her job and moved to the Caribbean. Trump couldn’t imagine spending her days in the grayness of a less than satisfactory life. It became a long journey into the unknown.

Powerful drive

To survive in a strange environment Jacobina Trump started decorative painting for people in Mustique and from there she was asked to paint murals. It was physically hard labour. Painting images on a wall led to painting canvasses. She never called herself an artist, nor was there a conscious decision to do so. After some painful events Jacobina Trump used the reflection of the images she painted as a way of healing herself and thus the world. It was cathartic and good. Being sensitive to energies of other people, she studied with Andrrea Hess to understand how they work and what her own energetic place in the world is. Andrrea introduced her to Bob Proctor who explained that most lives were controlled by paradigms. 

The reason why we want change

I was not hungry but but soul was starving. Nijinski
36″ x 36″ -91 x 91 cm, oil on cotton, “I never went to war, he said. I was not hungry but my soul was starving” Nijinski

One day, after Jacobina Trump painted a large abstract canvas inspired by a white Bird of Paradise, she saw the image of the Velsheda again, that day in St Malo. A voice asked her, “What do you really want to paint?” The answer was; sailing boats, and especially the J-class. By now the dream of ever being part of sailing the so-called “Greyhounds of the Sea” seemed beyond reach. Painting however was part of her daily life and it allowed her to draw the sailing world into reality. The imagination is a powerful tool.  It lifted Jacobina up from an undesirable reality to a new world of limitless possibilities. She painted her dream.

Created through muscle memory of plein air experience
34″ x 46″ oil on acrylic, gallery wrap. Created through muscle memory of plein air experience

Birds of Paradise

After all the rich experiences Jacobina Trump feels mostly that her life itself has become a piece of art, and just like in a painting, she doesn’t know what will be next. “As long as I keep moving and creating, I can correct mistakes, dark area’s and erase all that I don’t want. As a master I create life’s experiences, just like I do as an artist. The paintings are merely witnesses of the moods and thoughts of a certain period. The future is visible in the images I am painting at the moment, I just don’t know yet how to read them. I can bring every image alive on the canvas, in my imagination and thus in my reality”

It is never to late to find your destination and go after it.
36″ x 48″- 91 x 122 cm, oil paint on linen.It is never to late to find your destination and go after it.

It is Never too Late

The picture here shows a person at the helm of a beautiful boat, fully in control of his destiny. The fact that the sun is setting at the end of a long day does not bother him. It is the powerful feeling of moving toward the ever-expanding horizon.It is the powerful feeling of moving toward the ever-expanding horizon.