am an artist who paints landscapes because the earth is my
first love. When I’m in nature, I never feel alone —
I always feel the presence of a spiritual force.
I want the viewer to experience the passion and energy of a storm,
or the threat of a natural disaster. I see myself as a fragile, rather
insignificant being surrounded by the forces of nature. Rather than
paint what my eyes see, I paint what I feel as I view nature: the sun
shining on a dirt path in a forest becomes a safe, comforting haven;
the dense fog moving through a Redwood forest becomes a blanket of
solitude and introspection; the dark, thundering clouds of a storm
become violent energy, threatening destruction.
While my paintings normally exclude people Iíve begun preparing for
a 2010 exhibition focusing on the human figure. In my work Iíve always
looked for beauty and mystery in nature and when I paint people I look
for the same connection-
–the emotions often hidden beneath the surface,
something I sense in a person, or the sheer expressions of joy."
– Jill Rosean Tishman