Jill is an art educator/painter. Making art and making meaning with art is essential to her.
She will talk about her process of creating abstract painting by combining art elements like shape, texture, line and color with emotional elements such as memory, dream, nature, history, and emotion. She will share her process of listening to the painting and cultivating thoughtful spontaneity as a way of working. Jill loves to experiment with Venetian plaster, hot and cold wax, ash, sand, gouache, milk, and acrylic paints to generate surprising surfaces that exude beauty, depict interior territory and are infused with presence.
Thomas Moore, the writer, describes her work as, “Not a painting of, but a peek into.”
Jill has a BA in Fine Art and Anthropology from Bennington College and a Masters in Art Therapy from Lesley University. Jill was a teacher in Wellesley Public schools for over twenty years. She is currently teaching in our Hebrew School Reimagined program. With two teams of young artists, she is creating a 7x22 foot installation abstractly representing the crossing of the dead sea. Working with gouache on plastic paper, students are using the properties of liquid paint to depict water. The children are cultivating further understanding through stories, science, history, music and Torah study.
You can find her in studio 303 at the Arts Umbrella in Concord MA, or on line at www.jillgoldman-callahanstudio.com/