On finding a singular, lasting voice

Joanna Hyde Blairsays:

Hello Jill Joy — I continue to think your work is excellent and saleable. Just wondering how you are.

Jill Joy says:

Hi Joanna,

I’m good.

Thanks for your comments about my work. I too believe it’s saleable . Especially perhaps this newest body of work of which “Settling” is the most recent painting. Like many artists I’ve struggled (if that is the right word) to find a singular lasting “voice”.


Jill Joy - Settling - 48x72 - oil on canvas

Moving through many aesthetic phases over the 20 years or so I’ve been painting. But this newest vein could be deeper than the others and last longer and so perhaps will be more marketable from a gallery stand point.

Jill Joy - Lightening Sky - 48x72 - oil on canvas 600px

Jill Joy - Lightening Sky - 48x72 - oil on canvas

Jill Joy - Blue Sky - 48x72 - oil on canvas

My work reflects my consciousness which has been changing and evolving rapidly over the last 15 years or so. I think perhaps this aesthetic may represent a more lasting level of consciousness. Dare I say peace?

Jill Joy - Sunset (over Aspen) - oil - 48x72

But we must paint what we must paint otherwise our art just becomes another form of prostituting our souls. So I wait to see if the visions of this work keep coming, which so far they do. Once the body of work is deep enough I’ll try to take it to market again. My efforts in the past with galleries have not been successful. All of the work I’ve sold to date I’ve sold on my own.

Though this year, if my health cooperates (it’s been poor for the last year) I hope to make some inroads with interior designers. I don’t think they’d be so concerned if I can keep painting in the same aesthetic year after year. And I think some of my earlier work has merit and I would like to see it placed in environments where it can be appreciated by live human beings other than myself and my boyfriend who is a faithful fan.

How are you?





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