Awesome art director Jill Daniels has personal art on display now at the Baldwin Avenue Gallery, a.k.a the BAG in Sierra Madre. Between her art show, her day job, and her Emmy's work on the Academy (whew!), she answered some questions for FLiP.
|Jill, 2nd from left, at her gallery reception.|
FLiP: How did you first discover painting, and who were your earliest influences?
Jill: I was one of those kids who was born creative and loved painting and drawing from a very early age. My dad was an architect and also a very creative person …. he really inspired me and he and my mom where both very encouraging.
|The budding artist and self-portrait. |
FLiP: Where did you study? Was there a mentor who had a big impact on you?
I got an BFA from Pepperdine University and also studied through some overseas programs for a couple years in conjunction with the University of Heidelberg in Germany and in Florence Italy. Then moved to Pasadena and studied at Art Center College of Design. When living in Italy became a big fan of the minimalist work of Morandi .. was refreshing to see his work in the midst of an abundance of Renaissance paintings.
FLiP: What subject matter are you drawn to? Has this varied over time?
For many years I only focused on a career art directing in animation. It took me along time to figure out what I wanted to say with my paintings and move forward with the work … I believe emotional human connection is truly what is most important in life … and knew that was what I wanted to show with my paintings … but didn’t want to default to depicting that through portraiture. It all came together when I decided to use common furniture pieces or objects as a vehicle to showcase the power of the unseen … capturing human emotional stories with my work. It’s all about the negative space and relationship of the objects to each other.
FLiP: Is there something you’d like to try as a painter but haven’t yet done so? A different medium? Larger/smaller scale?
I really enjoy both large and small scale and so everything from 4 inch by 4 inch to 6ft by 4ft - the current pieces on exhibition are large in scale. I am playing around with adding text into the pieces …
FLiP: Is there a theme to your show? When and where can people see it?
With the pieces that are exhibiting currently at The Baldwin Avenue Gallery located on the main town square in Sierra Madre I created work to give the viewer an emotional healing experience for people who have experienced loss … it’s been quite a couple years we have all been through and felt really called to create work to help. It is going to be exhibited for two months. Such a lovely town and the first time I have exhibited locally … over the last 15 years I have been creating this body of work I have been really fortunate to have had shows in Laguna, Culver City, New York and overseas in Asia … really feels great to be able to support the local arts and share this work in a place that is so close to home.