PleinAir Art Podcast with Eric Rhoads - OutdoorPainter.com

This week’s PleinAir Art Podcast with Eric Rhoads features Jill Carver, whose work “explores the dialogue between abstraction and realism.”

Plein air oil paintings by Jill Carver - OutdoorPainter.com
Jill Carver, “Beaver Pond,” oil, 30 x 32 in.

“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,” Jill Carver says at jillcarver.com. “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.”

Listen to PleinAir Art Podcast with Eric Rhoads and Jill Carver here:

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