Jacoba is a freelance visual artist based in Hawick in the Scottish Borders, with a focus on painting and drawing. Originally from Germany, she holds a degree in Illustration from University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg. Her career includes a number of years in goldsmithery and teaching arts, craft, and history of arts.


Jacoba has exhibited her work in various exhibitions in North Germany and Scotland. Her latest paintings and drawings show portraits of human and humanoid beings and imaginary landscapes. They are currently on show in Peebles Library, Museum & Gallery.


This way to Peebles!

Please visit my current joint exhibition with Ewen MacDonald  - leaving the path of classical portraits and landscapes, only to realize that they are portraits and landscapes again.


Never mind!

painting Hamburg,     painting Hawick

My landscape experience for a

number of years: Harbours and sailing vessels. Plein air painting

is still one of my favourites but

now I specialise on hills, horses

and knitting mills...


...or Hawick's High Street.  Not to paint ships any more felt awkward for a while but now it's all good. We do have a river after all, even two, with a big building site on them. I use oils when painting outdoors - they're messy but workable even in a heavy rain.

drawing and sketching

I love it! Sketching is a pleasure, good practice, and a great source for ideas and more elaborate pictures. No tons of kit! Often I draw many versions of an image. I've got a pile of Hawick High Street views.

Jacoba Paulus


  • Diploma in Illustration/Design, University of Applied Sciences (HAW), Hamburg, 2007
  • Steiner Teacher for Arts and Crafts, 2015
  • Apprenticeship Certificate in Goldsmithery, 1995
Jacoba, Painter, visual artist