Summerton native Jacquelyn E. Bennett has been drawing as a hobby for the last two and a half years.
Some sketches on a sticky note turned into drawings on paper, which turned into a collection comprising 14 binders of drawings, with hundreds of pages in each, as well as several dozen framed works. Most of Bennett’s paintings are of flowers or floral designs.
“I have no idea what it’s going to be until I actually start drawing it,” she said. “But 99 percent of the time it ends up being a flower.”
Bennett likes to draw patterns as well. But the most interesting part about her beautiful artwork is all that she uses to draw is gel pens.
Gel pens are easily found and inexpensive but distinguish themselves by having an opaque ink that is suspended in a water-based gel. The inks appear brighter and more intense that those in typical ballpoint or felt-tipped pens.
Growing up, Bennett enjoyed sewing, but did not start drawing until 2009. She had carpal tunnel syndrome in her right hand in 2001, for which she had surgery, and could not fully use her hand until a few years ago.
Bennett works from home, and the name of her gallery is Jebb Designs. She displays her artwork at different events, and has some paintings in the back of the Piggly Wiggly in Summerton.
A 1979 graduate of Scott’s Branch High School, she is a member of Historic Liberty Hill AME Church in Summerton.
Bennett is the daughter of Katherine Bennett, and has two sons, Jarod and Jarvis Stukes, and three grandchildren.