"I have more confidence. I am more likely to talk about my own creativity, to share photographs or things I've written. I've become more comfortable with myself, moving from 'I like taking pictures' to 'I'm a photographer'."
Jaq yearned to trace her family roots, capture family stories, and take time to write and enhance her photography skills. With new camera equipment in tow, she set off for the hills of South Dakota. She interviewed and photographed family members, recorded stories and memories and began to see them as part of a larger story dictated by the history and geography of the north-eastern South Dakota region. "With new stories from much farther back than I anticipated, and a new understanding of where I am from, I've created photographs and writing that encompasses an intermingling of the histories of my little part of South Dakota and my family - my ancestors and my descendants."
As a result of her fellowship activity, Jaq approaches her work at the Eiteljorg Museum with newfound energy. "With practice, my skills have improved and I've had the opportunity to expand my subjects." Jaq was asked by the Eiteljorg Museum to photograph the exhibition, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Experience. The images were used for the advertising campaign, curriculum and for a commemorative book for sponsors and participants.