Simple and Tactile: The Art of Jill Gardner


Mount Shasta artist Jill Gardner grew up in Southern California surrounded by artists and a love of art. From the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, she earned a bachelor of Fine Arts in 1988 and has been making, exhibiting and selling Art nationally ever since.


Jill’s artwork is post-modern and feminine in its intuitive approach. It incorporates delicate handcrafted elements with a fine art sensibility.


From sumi-e brush painting to mixed media collage and sculpture, Jill’s work spans a wide array of materials and subjects while being held together by its simple, tactile beauty.


In her poetry, prose and essays, Jill’s voice is original, accessible, funny and filled with everyday wisdom. Her creative reach is broad, from fine art to literature, art instruction to creative consulting.


“Printmaking and mixed media collage are a visual poetry I love to practice. I enjoy the discovery process, finding the right elemental diversity while building on strong themes from the natural world and the inner fire.

I am drawn to shiny objects and interesting textures, which I often stash away for later use. I relish the moment when a bead or shell, or a piece of spun silk becomes timely, its perfect presence suddenly required in service to art.”

Meet Jill Gardner and see her work during June’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop at Tapas Downtown, 6 to 9 p.m., 1257 Oregon Street, Redding.

For more information about Jill, visit jillgardnerarts.com

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