From a Review of Jacqueline Bootier's artwork in the NY Times June 29th, 2001:
"This promising show of exuberantly painterly pictures based on old family photographs, mostly of children, is Jacqueline Bootier's first solo venture. The promise is in the reckless yet controlled generosity of her painting. The Los Angeles-based artist trowels swathes of thick paint this way and that, creating vibrant, fractured spaces around figures monstrously transformed into gnarly lumps of viscous paint.
The expressionistic painting gives Ms. Bootier's children and occasional parental figures a certain exaggerated pathos, as in ''Potty Training,'' in which an isolated sad little girl with her pants down seems overwhelmed by the inexplicable, chaotic pressures of her young life.
There is, however, a certain disconnection between the static, snapshot-based images and the wild painting. What if the figures were more active in some way commensurate with the painterly dynamism? Eric Fischl's early pictures of childhood trauma, in which raw painting matches raw feelings and painful memories come to mind. Whether Ms. Bootier chooses to expand and deepen the psychodramatic imagery or move toward total abstraction, the possibilities are exciting to imagine."