Jill Nichols’ painting explores both the earthbound and outer expanses of our divine cosmos. Her sense of color and composition was developed over the course of 30+ years as a commercial artist. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2000, she set her focus to painting, at first training at the Art Students League in NYC and in 2015 earning her MFA in painting at Western Connecticut State University.
Her commissioned painting of Washington D.C. appeared as a backdrop for James Comey’s interview on “Face the Nation” while another made its appearance on Showtime’s “The Comey Rule” mini-series. Her artwork “Phi,” celebrating the divine feminine was a part of the “Nasty Woman” art social movement in New Haven then went on to be installed in the Vatican Observatory Museum.
She has received awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service and Connecticut Office of the Arts. An active participant in the art communities throughout Connecticut, she has served as vice-president for the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and Valley Arts Council and exhibited at the Lyme Art Association, Carriage Barn, Greenwich Art Society and Lyman Allen Museum.
Jill is an adjunct professor of art at the University of New Haven and conducts painting workshops locally and abroad. Her next Italy Workshop is scheduled for July 2022. Jill now offers videos on YouTube and holds real-time online painting critiques.
My painting is poetry, a lyrical composition of color and light. When I am painting, I am in the moment, thoroughly present and enraptured. I experience a sense of peace, as well as an urgency to capture and share the moment. It is a privilege to paint and express my reverence for nature. Enveloping the invisible birdsong, whispered winds, fragrance of rain, and fleeting luminous clouds, often gone before the brush touches paint. Inadvertently documenting the vanishing in a slip knot along the infinite. Skirting the shadows through the melancholy of impermanence. All the while sensing glimpses of truth only revealed to the soul. Echoes reverberating from the surface of the canvas like a sonar in search of its return signal.
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