Jill Carver Biography

Jill Carver Biography

In 2014, Jill won the Gold Medal (Artists’ Choice) for Best in Show at Maynard Dixon Country and in the same year was inaugurated as Signature Member in ‘Plein Air Painters of America’; she currently serves on the board.  Previously, she won numerous awards including: ‘Artists Choice’ at the Laguna Beach Invitational in 2009; at Telluride, also in 2009; and, at Plein Air Easton in 2008. She participated in the highly regarded Coors show in 2016 and 2017, and was invited as Guest Artist at Bighorn Rendevous show in 2016 and 2018.  She is a popular and highly regarded teacher.

Jill’s work has been featured in Southwest Art magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art of the West, and Western Art and Architecture.

Originally from London, England, Jill Carver moved to the United States in 2002. Before becoming a full time professional artist, she was a curatorial research assistant at the National Portrait Gallery in London for twelve years. Jill lives in Rico, Colorado, a small historical mining town nestled in the San Juan Mountains.

 “Nature has provided me with a spiritual compass in life, and observing it and drawing it has always been, for me, the most rewarding way to honor that reverence. I believe that the knowledge gained through quiet observation, study and meditation is just as important as the actual application of paint to canvas. Rather than go out into the landscape with the notion of ‘seeking’ a painting, I find that the stronger ideas appear to me, or are given to me, when I am hiking, walking my dogs, fishing, or meditating – when I am utterly ‘present’; when I am the student, the observer, and the recipient; when I ‘listen’ rather than impose my will. I then return to the scene as a ‘hunter-gatherer’ and make numerous field studies and notes before I develop the piece in the studio. For me a painting should be evidence of a process of observation and acquired knowledge rather than a concluding statement. The process, not the product, is the closest I have come to ‘living life’ in its truest sense.

My work explores the dialogue between abstraction and realism, and I enjoy that ‘dance’ or ‘tension’.  As I keep reminding my students, artists should think of themselves as poets rather than journalists. I want to say something ‘specific’ about my reaction to a place or a moment in time – to capture the essence but not the whole. I process any idea through analyzing it in terms of shapes of abstract color rather than content. Certain elements will be eliminated totally and others exaggerated to achieve that goal. I particularly enjoy taking something ordinary or incidental and creating an iconic image of it that celebrates nature and challenges the viewer to be more observant of their surroundings.”

Affiliations:

  • Vice President - Plein Air Painters of America
  • Member: Northwest Rendevous Group of Artists

Publications:

  • "Maynard Dixon's American West: Along the Distant Mesa" by Mark Sublette, 2018
  • Short feature, 'Western Art and Architecture', December/January 2018/19
  • Feature length article, 'Southwest Art', September 2017
  • Feature length article, 'Art of the West, May/June 2015
  • Feature length article, 'Plein Air Magazine', Summer 2011 
  • Feature length article, 'Southwest Art', June 2010 
  • 'Fine Art Connoisseur', Sept/Oct 2010, named by editor Peter Trippi as 'Artist to Watch'
  • Eric Rhodes, Plein Air Art Podcast, Episode 84, July 2018
  • Indepth interview, 'Voices of Experience', The Artist's Road, January 2015 
  • Extensive Blog Interview by John Pototschnick, April 2014 

Awards:

  • 2014, Gold Medal for Best in Show (Artists' Choice), Maynard Dixon Country
  • 2009 'Artists' Choice', Laguna Beach Invitational
  • 2009 1st Place, Telluride
  • 2009 Best Architectural Painting, Plein Air Easton
  • 2008 'Artists' Choice' and Vasari 'Award of Excellence', Sedona Plein Air Invitational
  • 2008 'Artists' Choice', San Luis Obispo,
  • 2008 'Artists' Choice' and 'Honorable Mention', Plein Air Easton 
  • 2008 2nd Place Telluride Plein Air 
  • 2008 'Artists' Choice', Outdoor Painters Society Annual Show, Dallas
  • 2007 'Best in Show', Estes Park Plein Air 2007, Painting the Parks
  • 2007 Museum Purchase, Plein Air Easton
  • 2007 Judge's Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence, Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery
  • 2006 SourceTek Award of Merit, Estes Park Painting the Parks
  • 2006 Jury's Top 50 Award, Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery

Selected Solo Shows:

  • 2004, 2006 Chez Zee, Austin, Texas
  • 2001-2002 New Zealand Embassy, Haymarket, London

 Selected Group Shows:

  • 2019 Along the Distant Mesa: An Homage to Maynard Dixon" Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2018 & 2016 Northwest Rendevous Group of Artist, 'The Bighorn Rendevous', The Brinton Museum, Sheridan, WY.
  • 2018 The Peace Park Show (Glacier and Waterton National Parks), The Hockaday Museum, Kalispell, MT.
  • Coors Western Art Show, Denver
  • 2017 Two Person Show with Teresa Elliott, The Insight Gallery
  • 2015 & 2016 Coors Western Art Show, Stockyards, Denver, Co.
  • 2010 - 2014 Invited Artist, Maynard Dixon Country
  • 2010 - 2018 Insight Gallery ('Texas Masters', 'Fall Show', 'Small Works Show')
  • 2010 - 2018 The Annual Group Fall Show, The Insight Gallery
  • 2012 Three Person Show with Tim Cherry and Louis McElwain, Insight Gallery
  • 2009 Guest Artist, Maynard Dixon Country.
  • 2010, 2009 Laguna Beach Invitational
  • 2009, 2007, 2006 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Art, San Antonio
  • 2010, 2009, 2008 Telluride Plein Air
  • 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 Plein Air Easton
  • 2009, 2008, 2007 Natural World Observed (Dallas, Omaha, Duluth)
  • 2008 Sedona Plein Air Festval
  • 2008 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival
  • 2008 Plein Air Texas, Outdoor Painters Society, South West Gallery, Dallas
  • 2007, 2006 Estes Park Painting the Parks
  • 2006, 2005 Austin Fine Arts Festival, Texas
  • 2006, 2008 Wally Workman Gallery
  • 2005 Showcase, State Capitol, Austin, Texas
  • 2005 Showcase at Laguna Gloria (Night in the Gallery), Austin, Texas
  • 2004 FACET, Austin, Texas
  • 2004 Plein Air Austin, Spring Show at the Spicewood Vineyards, Texas
  • 2003 The Bunkhouse Gallery, Texas
  • 2003 The Spicewood Vineyard

Museum Collections:

  • Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD