Jill (that's me!) has always been interested in developing abstract landscape paintings into series which tell about various aspects of a subject. Often the subject is not completely 'abstracted' but partly so - hence my use of the term 'semi-abstract'.
The advantage to a buyer of this method of working in series is
that the artwork may then be grouped within a room or scattered,
bringing a sense of repetition, harmony and flow to the decor.
Sometimes, in the past, Jill has designed and made double sided oil paintings or silk panels especially for furniture screens.
Some artists throw their hands up in horror at the thought of
using the colour and design within paintings to accentuate elements of a
However, Jill is happy if her abstract landscape paintings or those which are rather more realistic, enrich people's daily lives in some way, so if her work is seen as "decorative" as well as "deep and meaningful", that's fine!
Jill remarks: "Most days I walk along a stretch of famous Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas.
Here the jungle comes right down to meet the Coral Sea. Depending on whether the tide is high or low there is either a narrow strip of white beach or a very wide area, extending out to where the ocean breaks on the reef.
The following observation was made at high tide!
These abstract landscape paintings are also available as giclee art prints.
Abstract landscape paintings - "Foreshore, Four Mile Beach" - quadtych - oil on canvas
For years I lived in the Mowbray Valley, a ten minute drive from Port Douglas.
Apart from during the heat of noon, there seemed to be constant sound and movement from the forest animals and birds; strange slithering and crashing, hooting and wailing would punctuate the still night air.
Before first light the "dawn chorus" would begin. Rarely an early riser, I would mutter "Oh, do shut-up!" and cover my ears. The twittering and carolling, serenading and screeching would continue for much of the day.
By late afternoon in the Wet season, this might culminate in drunken staggering and shrieking of gaily plumed lorikeets, who had imbibed a little too freely from the fermenting nectar of umbrella flowers or ripe mangoes!
"Tropical Birds" - quadtych - oil on canvas
Walk along Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, on a fine day. There's not a cloud in the sky, but a haze hovers over mangroves and mountains to the south and out to sea.
Screw up your eyes and the ocean becomes a semi abstract pattern
of blues, with strips of reef showing browny-purple against the
shimmering water and sky. A lazy wave forms and flops on the sandy
beach, then recedes with a hiss and rattle of tiny shells.
These ocean paintings would also look good with a narrow "box" frame
They employ rather novel oil painting techniques combined with acrylic painting techniques in that the oil paint has been mixed with acrylic paint, one repelling the other and helping to form beads of "water" on the surface of the works.
Semi abstract landscape paintings - "Four Mile Beach" quadtych - oil and acrylic on canvas
She combines her interest in wearable art fabrics with paintings about the Australian landscape on paper, canvas and silk.
Recently, in addition to the original tropical paintings below, she has developed a series of beautiful silk and cotton lengths, which comment on the reef and coastal areas of tropical North Queensland, where she lives.
Whether using oils and acrylics on paper or canvas, dyes on silk or mixed media, the abstract landscape paintings, textiles and prints are about the vibrancy and colour of her surroundings. As do most abstract artists, she tries to simplify and distil the essence of a subject.
ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS AS WELL AS TROPICAL BIRD AND FRUIT PAINTINGS FOR SALE
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A pat on the back...
"Jill, your artwork is stunning, sensitive and absolutely breathtaking.
"This past Thursday a friend and I were in Port Douglas. While window shopping and having a 'gander' at the Marina shops we found your work. Good stuff, lovely lady."
Thanks Magda, you made my day!