Born in rural Virginia, Jackie began collecting insects at an early age. Meticulously arranging arthropods in cigar boxes which Mrs. Tyson at the general store saved for her was her first curatorial attempt. She moved on to curate art collections for major corporations and American embassies around the world.
For more than two decades, Jackie and her husband, David, have been creating a safe haven for ordinary wildlife. In 2003, she picked up a camera. Her photographic safari began in their backyard sanctuary. SIMPLE GIFTS pays homage to the living treasures she discovered just beyond their back porch.
UNDERSTORY, an exhibition celebrating the short perennial lives of native plants that bloom beneath the forest canopy in their neighborhood, premiered at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Naturalist Center. An expanded portfolio of UNDERSTORY exhibited at the United States Botanic Garden was included among "The Best DC Photography Exhibits of 2013" by Louis Jacobson of Washington City Paper. Her works currently reside in permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, Wilmer Eye Institute.
All images copyright © 2010-2015, Jackie Bailey Labovitz. All rights reserved.