Personal experiences of hiking in nature seeking light, shape and color, flying to far away places that stimulate new ideas and meeting unique individuals are all sources of my paintings. I paint to connect to my creative pulse within and express these feelings of joy about life through abstract painting. On the canvas I am able to move freely as I play with color, mark-making and texture. Intuitively I draw with crayon, charcoal and pencils using big gestural arm movements. More instinctive marks are layered using a range of different size brushes loaded with acrylic paint to further drive the composition of the work. Thus a dialogue begins and a response occurs as I continue to paint. When I am done I want to share my personal view of nature, place and people to enliven and create joy for the viewer.
Jill Morton is an abstract expressionist artist. She grew up in Australia and left there in her twenties to pursue travel and art. Jill studied clay in Europe and textiles in Asia. Later she ended up pursuing an art education in the U.S. In New York City she obtained a B.F.A. in painting from the School of Visual Arts and two Master’s Degrees, one in art and one in art education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
She resides in Connecticut where she taught children’s art for 23 years in public school. Jill maintains a studio in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She has exhibited in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Her works reside in private collections across the U.S.