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April 13, 2014 7:14 PM | Tina Bohlman (Administrator)

With his permission, we are sharing a recent interview with Jill Carver by OPS Signature member, John Pototschnik - Posted on John’s blog - April 6, 201

“I think the strongest paintings are the ones that have the simplest ideas behind them. It’s very easy to be dazzled by a vista, and then you wind up doing six paintings in one. To me, it’s more important to keep the idea as simple as possible, to make the message clear. Each piece should be an iconic celebration of its subject.”

Jill Carver’s work is distinctly different today from just a few years ago. When I first became aware of her work, she was exhibiting in the Outdoor Painters Society “Plein Air Southwest Salon”, and if I remember correctly, received one of the top awards.

It’s a curiosity to see one change their style so dramatically in such a short time. An explanation for this may be found in the clarity in which she is able to envision the type artist she wants to be. Rather than being almost exclusively a plein air painter, she now divides her time almost equally between the studio and outdoors. This has forced her to think more deeply and prepare more thoroughly. That combination has led to very distinctive statements on canvas…simple, clear messages executed in a way that appears fearless, decisive, and bold. “I just want to get better as a painter”, she says. “In my head, I’m six months in advance of what’s coming out at the end of the paintbrush. There’s always a sense of chasing to catch up. That’s what gets me up every day.”

It’s a pleasure to bring you this thoughtful interview with Jill Carver:  CLICK HERE to download & read!



  • April 20, 2014 2:53 PM | Deleted user
    Thanks John,
    That was a very thoughtful and helpful interview from both you and Jill.
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