Jill Harrington Nichols’ exploration of nature is intrinsic in her practice, as is her desire to connect with and understand beauty. According to Nichols, painting is an act of abstraction, and one could go further and say that all of life is an abstraction. That it is ambiguous. We are always trying to find order out of chaos, form out of the formless. Attempting to label and categorize- so that we can have a hold on what we consider ‘reality’. So that we can recognize a tree for example, and can communicate to one another that this tree exists. When one stops to really look at the tree however it loses all form and becomes an abstraction of shapes and color.
Jill has just returned from Italy where she conducted a week long painting workshop and delivered her artwork, “Phi” to the Vatican Observatory. Her work is also in the collections of former FBI Director James Comey and the Yale Medical Center.
Her work ranges from quick observational studies to large involved compositions. Playing with time, space and mathematics. Her mastery of color reflects her connection with nature and beauty.
She developed her sense of color and composition over many years while working in the commercial arts. She earned her BS degree in Journalism at the University of Colorado. In 2000, Jill began to focus on her painting. She trained at the Art Students League, NYC and earned her MFA in painting at Western Connecticut State University.
In addition to painting, Jill enjoys teaching art at the University of New Haven, in private/group lessons, and workshops.
Jill’s Artist Statement
My painting is poetry, a lyrical composition of color and light instilled with a profound reverence of nature’s beauty. My work reveals the transience of life while transcending time and space.
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.
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