Jill Basham is overwhelmed by the beauty of nature. She is particularly sensitive to the atmosphere of an environment, the mood of skies, and expansive views; “It’s the ‘feeling’ of the place that inspires me, and I hope to translate.” When Jill paints a scene she doesn’t have specific rules for herself. She prefers “to let a scene and my feelings for it, set my approach.” Palette knives, brushes, household items, and hardware store finds have all been used to move paint onto and around her canvases. Jill views each painting as an experiment unfolding. Her initial aim can be interrupted by new ideas, the desire to take a different path, and choosing to veer from the comfortable to the uncomfortable. She admits her fear for “failure” and the risks that come with experimentation, but she’s accepting of that because to her it’s the safe paintings she finds less exciting. “The truly moving pieces are the ones I pushed a bit. There are stories to tell. I strive to get my paintings to a point to which I “feel” the place I have painted, and hope others do as well. I find expression comes easiest for me with a paintbrush in hand. much easier than speaking. My hope is that others see and feel the stories I’m telling.”
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