A native of California, Jill has a background in music, painting, sculpture, and photography. In her early years she played, wrote and sang music with bands in the 60’s, and became staff photographer for the International Monterey Pop Festival, distinguishing herself as a fine photographer. Although she had been painting during these years, she expanded her visual arts study at UCLA taking Metal Sculpture with early environmental artist Lloyd Hamrol. She continued to study painting on scholarship at The Art Student's League in New York with Frank Mason, a master of classical painting, and with renowned painter David Laffel at his studio in Manhattan. She then moved to Italy and became immersed in Italian culture while living in Florence for many years. She showed her work extensively in galleries across Europe. Jill started working on portrait commissions on her return to Los Angeles in the late 70's. She moved to the bay area and studied Chinese medicine and philosophy for several years, both of which have influenced her work. She continued painting during the early 80's while living in Mexico. On her return to the bay area, she began working extensively with paper pulp that evolved into her cast paper work during the 90’s. She broadened her use of materials to include clay for sculpting and cement as a medium for casting, and this period of working with 3 dimensional forms evolved into her sculptures of today. Her inspiration comes from an interest in Psychology, Mythology, early Renaissance, classical Eastern imagery, and archetypal Feminine energy and wisdom. Her work has been shown in art galleries and gift stores throughout U.S. and is in numerous private collections. She continues to work with sculpture and painting at her studio in Marin, CA. www.gibsonarts.com firstname.lastname@example.org
During my 6 years of living and studying in Florence, Italy, I fell in love with the traditional Mediterranean garden as an environment for displaying works of fine art. When I returned to the states, I wanted to bring back some of that sensibility to my own garden and then share it with my friends. The resulting artworks were well received and a business quickly emerged.
The Gibson Artworks Collection is an original, contemporary line of cast stone sculpture inspired by the desire for healing - empowerment of the archetypal feminine energy and wisdom – the core or still point – BEING. My work calls attention to a deep connection between the earth and women as nurturers and providers. These sculptures include wall plaques, planters, tabletop sculptures, and candles. All works are individually cast, sealed, signed, and hand finished with a patina, which renders each a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of lasting value.
I have recently returned to working with metals and in this way I can create WEARABLE sculpture. I am working with 3 metals: Bronze, Copper, and Steel, in the form of Metal Clay. This very exciting method allows me to continue sculpting my forms as I have been doing with the larger concrete sculptures. Metal Clay is similar to using traditional modeling clays, and when dried and fired in a kiln it's transformed into beautiful solid objects.