I paint in fine quality artists' oils on linen. Work is primarily created from life, joyfully, in the thick of things. With larger studio pieces, I rely on sketches and a well-honed visual memory.
ABOUT THE ART
CAPTURING LIFE IN OILS
More than a decade ago, in the seventh week of witnessing my bellydancing subject work through little movements to get into the official pose, it dawned on me to ask her to dance. She did. Hearing the music, watching the fluidity of her movements made me realize how dull a single frame, out of context, is - no matter how precisely painted. Put the subject in motion and some magic happens. I paint to capture life's magic ... to transport you inside my oil paintings -- to feel that breeze, hear the sounds, watch what happens, smell the beer. My dancer dances. I travel everywhere with my easel, setting it up in markets, on busy streets, in a restaurant or bar, at the farm to paint the animals as they wander around in the field. Standing there for hours, I soak up my surroundings so that what it FEELS like to be there (wonderful) transfers to the canvas.
- Jill Banks