Jill Finsen

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

My paintings depict a tension between familiarity and abstraction. At times awkward and quirky, they celebrate an emotional response to the people, objects, and places I portray. Rather than realistic hues and forms, I use bold colors, flattened planes, and varying paint texture to invite the viewer in through feeling rather than by offering a roadmap of specifics.

I begin with an authentic landscape, interior, or figure, and from there she creates exaggerated objects juxtaposed on flat surfaces. By leaving anchoring details unresolved within an imagined space, viewers can roam the image for themselves, entering where they will and leaving with an experience that is both aesthetic and affecting.

Jill earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture. She also studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Maine Photographic 

Workshops, The Art League and Vander Zee School of Painting.

Beached Trees

Beached Trees

20X16 Oil on Canvas

Aligned

Aligned

12X12 Oil on Linen

Sailing to the Sun

Sailing to the Sun

12X12 Oil on Linen

Rough Waters

Rough Waters

12X12 Oil on Linen

My Pink Studio

My Pink Studio

18X24 Oil on Canvas