Winner of Gold Medal (Artist's Choice) for Best in Show, Maynard Dixon Country 2014
Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of America
To view feature article in "Plein Air Magazine", Summer 2011, click here To view 6-page feature length article in "Southwest Art" click here
To view article in "Fine Art Connoisseur" click here
"Nature has provided me with a spiritual compass in life, and observing it and drawing it has always been, for me, the most rewarding way to honor that reverence. I believe that the knowledge gained through quiet observation, study and meditation is just as important as the actual application of paint to canvas. Rather than go out into the landscape with the notion of 'seeking' a painting, I find that the stronger ideas appear to me, or are given to me, when I am hiking, walking my dogs, fishing, or meditating – when I am utterly 'present'; when I am the student, the observer, and the recipient; when I 'listen' rather than impose my will. I then return to the scene as a 'hunter-gatherer' and make numerous field studies and notes before I develop the piece in the studio. For me a painting should be evidence of a process of observation and acquired knowledge rather than a concluding statement. The process, not the product, is the closest I have come to 'living life' in its truest sense.
My work walks the 'line' between abstraction and realism, and I enjoy that 'dance' or 'tension'. As I keep reminding my students, artists should think of themselves as poets rather than journalists. I want to say something 'specific' about my reaction to a place or a moment in time – to capture the essence but not the whole. I process any idea through analyzing it in terms of shapes of abstract color rather than content. Certain elements will be eliminated totally and others exaggerated to achieve that goal. I particularly enjoy taking something ordinary or incidental and creating an iconic image of it that celebrates nature and challenges the viewer to be more observant of their surroundings."
Originally from London, England, Jill Carver moved to the United States ten years ago. Before becoming a full time professional artist, she was a curatorial research assistant at the National Portrait Gallery in London for 12 years. Jill currently divides her time between Austin, Texas, and Rico, Colorado.
A 'painter's painter', recognition for her work has come quickly. In 2014, she won the Gold Medal (Artists' Choice) for Best in Show at Maynard Dixon Country and in the same year was inaugurated as Signature Member in 'Plein Air Painters of America'. Previously, she won numerous awards including: 'Artists Choice' at the Laguna Beach Invitational in 2009; at Telluride, also in 2009; and, at Plein Air Easton in 2008. She has participated in the prestigious Maynard Dixon Country event for five consecutive years and the Artistic Horizons show in Bozeman, MT, for three years. She is a popular and highly regarded teacher.
Her work is exhibited at The Insight Gallery, The Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts in Utah, and at The Oh-BeJoyful Gallery in Telluride.
To contact the artist direct, phone 512.913.1063 or email at:
Affiliations: Signature Member - Plein Air Painters of America Publications: Feature length article, 'Plein Air Magazine', Summer 2011 - to view click here Feature length article, 'Southwest Art', June 2010 - to view click here . 'Fine Art Connoisseur', Sept/Oct 2010, named by editor Peter Trippi as 'Artist to Watch' - to view click here
Extensive Blog Interview by John Pototschnick, April 2014 - to view click here
2014, Gold Medal for Best in Show (Artists' Choice), Maynard Dixon Country
2009 'Artists' Choice', Laguna Beach Invitational
2009 1st Place, Telluride
2009 Best Architectural Painting, Plein Air Easton
2008 'Artists' Choice' and Vasari 'Award of Excellence', Sedona Plein Air Invitational
2008 'Artists' Choice', San Luis Obispo,
2008 'Artists' Choice' and 'Honorable Mention', Plein Air Easton
2008 2nd Place Telluride Plein Air
2008 'Artists' Choice', Outdoor Painters Society Annual Show, Dallas
2007 'Best in Show', Estes Park Plein Air 2007, Painting the Parks
2007 Museum Purchase, Plein Air Easton
2007 Judge's Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence, Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery
2006 SourceTek Award of Merit, Estes Park Painting the Parks
2006 Jury's Top 50 Award, Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery
Selected Solo Shows:
2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 Wally Workman Gallery
2004, 2006 Chez Zee, Austin, Texas
2003 The Gallery at Spicewood, Texas
2001-2002 New Zealand Embassy, Haymarket, London
Selected Group Shows:
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Invited Artist, Maynard Dixon Country
2012 Three Person Show with Tim Cherry and Louis McElwain, Insight Gallery
2009 Guest Artist, Maynard Dixon Country.
2010, 2009 Laguna Beach Invitational
2009, 2007, 2006 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Art, San Antonio
2010, 2009, 2008 Telluride Plein Air
2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 Plein Air Easton
2009, 2008, 2007 Natural World Observed (Dallas, Omaha, Duluth)
2008 Sedona Plein Air Festval
2008 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival
2008 Plein Air Texas, Outdoor Painters Society, South West Gallery, Dallas
2007, 2006 Estes Park Painting the Parks
2006, 2005 Austin Fine Arts Festival, Texas
2006, 2008 Wally Workman Gallery
2005 Showcase, State Capitol, Austin, Texas
2005 Showcase at Laguna Gloria (Night in the Gallery), Austin, Texas
2004 FACET, Austin, Texas
2004 Plein Air Austin, Spring Show at the Spicewood Vineyards, Texas
2003 The Bunkhouse Gallery, Texas
2003 The Spicewood Vineyard
Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
Upcoming Events and Exhibits
From Source to Studio(650) Sedona, Arizona 11/1/2014-11/5/2014
This workshop is designed to embrace the dialogue between plein air work and studio work.
We will endeavor to put plein air painting back in its rightful context, i.e. that plein air painting is, more than anything else, about "learning to see" and being a dedicated student of nature. It is about being an effective "hunter gatherer" and harvesting information and ideas; it is the beginning not the end of a process.
Then we will explore the notion that the studio is an extension of the work we do outdoors; it is where we explore, edit, experiment and refine ideas. It is not necessarily just about sizing up. I will demonstrate how you can keep your studio work fresh and impactful. The emphasis will very much be on the importance of preparation and the study of motif and design.
After a morning lecture on the first day, we will spend a couple of days outdoors working on various field study exercises. On Day 3 there will be a slide show presentation on the theme of this workshop using my work and personal examples. Day 4 and 5 will be spent in the studio. There will be group critiques, discussions, demos and brain storming sessions throughout.
Evening get-togethers will be encouraged on a couple of evenings, as that is when much of the important dialogue, analysis and learning occur. A 'team' atmosphere will be very much encouraged.
Level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced Student.
Students may choose to use a payment plan during the registration process. Your position in the workshop can be held with a $100 deposit. The balance is due 30 days before the workshop is held. The deposit is non-refundable. After balances have been paid the 30 days before the workshop those amounts are also non-refundable.
Class meets 10 - 5 on the first day, with subsequent meeting times and locations to be arranged by the instructor.
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