Jillian Benham

February 1-28, 2017

I’ve always taken photographs and I’ve made the occasional collage or watercolor until about 8 months ago when I got a studio with two other artists. The pressure of paying for my creative space and the romance of having an easel and a large amount of natural light inspired me to try something new. I started my first acrylic painting The Galaxy Girl as a study of flowers and foliage from memory. In this piece, I love the way bright colors are emphasized over a black background. I thought it would be a fun challenge to make it part of a series. As more ideas that fit the original overall feel and color scheme of my first painting burgeoned, I began trying new approaches including varying the canvas sizes and shapes. I applied to show my pieces at Adelle’s Coffeehouse (my day-job!) as a means to push myself to finish the series (a deadline is sometimes the best motivator). I worked to incorporate and portray nature and weather, magic and sacredness, silence and depth, protection and tranquility, and glitter and gold, as these themes feel the most self-reflective to me as creative concepts.