Our November 2018 Guest Artist is Jillian Hickson, Fine Artist. She is showing a selection of Prints and a few Paintings. We are delighted to welcome her to the Gallery.
In my practice I enjoy painting Still Life, there is something fundamentally fascinating to me about painting a pear or a bowl or a bunch of grapes, its a beautiful thing to recreate these things in paint. I mainly work in oils, but also in acrylics depending on whether I want the painting to be more loose and abstract or realist. In addition to painting, I also enjoy printmaking, working in mixed media/collage. My inspiration for still life comes from Dutch Still Life paintings of the Golden Age, such as work by Elias van der Broeck, 1649 – 1708 ‘Pink and red Roses, Parrot Tulips’ and ‘Floral Still Life with Insects’ Oil on canvas (both of which had been owned by my husband’s family until sold a few years ago); a modern day artist, Tanja Möderscheim, a Dutch painter based in London who paints culinary and still life paintings using the technique common in 17th-Century Holland; Julian Merrow-Smith and Alice Mumford with her pretty painterly style. But most of all, I am admirer of William Nicholson to whom I aspire.
When I start a painting, I like to paint quickly while the mood takes me, ‘of the moment’ if you like. Not only do I enjoy painting Still Life, but also painting woodland scenes in heavy impasto and occasionally portraits, although the only two I have completed are of my husband and one unfinished work in progress of my daughter, this is something I intend to do more of in the future.
During the last two years of my degree course at the School of Art in Aberystwyth, I have also studied and practised printmaking, life drawing and illustration alongside my painting, these disciplines have a place in my practice, but my heart is where my paint and brushes are. I just love the fear of being confronted with a blank canvas, It’s exciting anticipating what might happen although I have an idea in my head or in my sketchbook, it is seldom what happens and the finished painting is always a surprise!
To contact Jillian:
Telephone: 01974 261861