When October comes to Maine, confetti-like leaves and frosted pumpkins find their way into everyone’s hearts and minds. The colors red, orange, and yellow often take center stage, but not for John Spain and Maine Art Hill. For Spain and many of his staff and artists, it’s all about The Pink.
As for the piece…art is about a connection, an immediate, this is it. I had that immediate wow factor.
Winslow primarily does most of his pottery working on the wheel and uses multiple methods to add texture and design to many of his shapes.
“I have explored many firing and glazing options,” says Winslow. “Currently, I mostly fire to cone 5/6 and consistently use glazes certified as food safe.”
“Layer by layer, I apply metallic paints and glazes of all colors over the metal leaf of gold, bronze or silver. Over and over I add and take away, revealing the beauty beneath by contrast,” shares Valliere. “I use a Venetian plaster knife or my trusted sander to break through and carve in, exposing underlayers and creating texture and depth.”
**Come meet Jill at Toroso on Tuesday, July 11th from 5-7. Click here for details. Jill Valliere is a Maine artist who has a unique and interesting process, but for anyone who knows Jill’s work, it may be a surprise to see her newer pieces. In some, the metal leaf is absent. But, as always, there is a… Read more »
“I had decided to take a drive on a slightly foggy day last fall. I was in search of inspiration,” says Valliere. “I drove around to my favorite haunts for a few hours, but I didn’t find anything that made my ‘painting fingers’ twitch.” After giving up for the day, she headed toward home and began to daydream. Of course this led to a wrong turn, not an uncommon turn of events for Valliere. “When I tuned back into my surroundings I found myself in Lincolnville. In front of me was the scene that later became Wanderlust.”
Even without the dogs, most days in the studio I am surrounded by mayhem. Paint cans open and dripping, mixing containers piled all over, and me, covered in every color mixed that day. To the outsider it may look like chaos, but it is truly how I am most comfortable, most productive. I can’t be troubled to take the time to put things away, organize paint colors, or wash every brush after each use, no, I am here to paint.
When surrounded by perspective buyers and local art collectors, Jill shares her work, her process, and her studio-self. She entertains with a passion for Maine and for her art. The wave of her hands and the excitement in her voice always holds a celebration. She is centered and focused, but all encompassed in the description of what she loves.
All of Jill Valliere’s work glows. Admittedly it is in part to the metal leaf and glaze she uses, yet honestly it is the heart and soul she painstakingly places there for us to find.