“Copper,” Talitha Jacobs

Talitha B. Jacobs, a former art teacher, painted this happy pup, “Copper,” from a photo she saw of a co-worker’s dog.

Talitha B. Jacobs, a former art teacher, painted this happy pup, “Copper,” from a photo she saw of a co-worker’s dog. “My favorite part is watching people’s faces while they look at the painting,” Jacobs says. “It brings pure joy, and that’s what I want my art to convey.”

Most of Jacobs’ pieces are realistic portraits — both human and animal — painted in bright, bold colors. “I like to paint animals and people as I see them,” she says.

Using acrylic paint in her home studio works great for her busy lifestyle. “I love acrylic paint because it dries so quickly,” Jacobs says. “I am a mother of a 6-, 4- and 2-year-old and must paint very quickly. By the time I come back to a painting from changing a diaper or braiding a Barbie’s hair, the paint is already dry and ready for another layer.”

“Copper” and about 15-20 of Jacobs’ other paintings will be featured at Utica Square’s Art in the Square from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 5. The free event at Utica Square, East 21st Street and South Utica Avenue, showcases work by more than 80 local artists.

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