Jill McVarish grew up in the Sacramento Valley of California, happily ensconced in an artistic family. Her father, a professional illustrator, encouraged her inventive nature and fostered her early creative talents.
Jill received a BFA in 1993 from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she was further introduced to the world of art, not only through the curriculum, but also through the exchange of energy and ideas with fellow artists. She continued her academic pursuits abroad at the prestigious Garett Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, which was founded by the architect and furniture designer, renowned as one of the forefathers of modernism. While in Holland, she studied the Dutch masters and often visited Rijksmuseum to explore the Vermeers, Holbeins, Rembrandts, and others first hand. McVarish now reflects on that time as definitive in the formation of her style, blending her acknowledgment of contemporary and more absurdist art with a reverence for traditional painting and visual composition.
In McVarish’s latest work she delves in the realms of the imagination and dreams in a new series called Bedtime Stories.
"This is in reference to children's stories and the suspended disbelief that occurs when one hears a fantastical tale, says McVarish. I like the term "bedtime story" because it's like a precursor to dream time where anything is possible. While the subjects in the paintings may be slightly improbable I hope they can suspend disbelief in the same way."
We invite you to join us First Thursday May 04th to see this imaginative new collection of works.
OPENING: First Thursday, May 04, 2017
6:00-9:00PM Artist In Attendance