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Jill Poyerd is a contemporary realist known for her tranquil subject matter and unique painting style. Her award-winning work can be found in private collections both nationally and internationally. She has been featured in national publications, is the author of the portrait painting book Fearless Portraits, and is a signature member of several prestigious art societies, including the National Watercolor Society. Jill works in both water media and oil paints and has exhibited extensively throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as well as in national shows.
In addition to her work as an artist, Jill is an active member of the arts community. She is the founder and current head of the Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia (fineartvirginia.com). She is a popular painting instructor on UDemy.com, and she produces art appreciation videos for her highly successful YouTube Channel where her videos inspire and inform an international audience. Jill lives with her husband in Northern Virginia.
When painting landscapes, I like to focus on a single element in a scene, usually a very mature tree. Older trees have such character. Not in the same way that humans have character, but like humans each tree is unique and some present beautiful characteristics such as gnarled branches, massive trunks, or a unique overall shape. Some look as though they are clinging to life while others show the marks of trauma from the works of nature. As an artist, I want to highlight these features, much like I would try to capture the unique character of a human. It’s telling their story in a single moment.
In all of my paintings, there’s a balance to my thinking. Certain aspects of the scene may be abstract and minimal while other parts may be quite realistic and detailed. I think this gives my work a very unique look, which is important to me as I don’t want to “look” like anyone else.
As for inspiration, nature is my artistic muse: the colors never conflict, the lighting is never “off,” and patterns are almost never predictable. As Michelangelo so aptly put it, "Only God creates. The rest of us just copy."
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