Jean K. Gill, AWS, NWS
Artist, Juror, Educator
Jean is an artist, juror and educator with a love of both science and art. She encourages her students to experiment with water media, find and express their passion, and to enjoy the pursuit of individual style and personal growth.
Her own work is representational rather than realistic. She stresses pattern and shape, and infuses her creations with energy, celebration, or drama. She works mostly in primary and secondary colors and enjoys exaggerating contrasts, painting the negative space, and watching the watercolors flow. As her work evolved, she incorporated more abstraction, altered her use of edges, applied bolder color, and painted more vertically to capture the action of water and pigment running across the paper’s surface.
Jean is a signature member of the American, National, Western Colorado (Master), Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Philadelphia, and Baltimore Watercolor Societies. In 2019, she received the Crest Medal Award from PWCS for consistent excellence in their international shows. Her paintings are included in numerous national and international publications. In the National Watercolor Society’s 79th Annual Exhibition, her work won the Watercolor West Award and was selected for the NWS Travel Show Exhibition 2000. Her watercolors have been accepted into over 150 juried shows including the 79th, 85th, 87th, 92nd and 99th NWS Internationals and the 134th, 137th, 139th, 146th, 148th, 149th. 152nd, and 154th AWS International Exhibitions. In 2004, she received the AWS Mario Cooper and Dale Meyers Medal, and her work toured in the AWS Annual Traveling Exhibition, 2004 - 05 and 2021- 22. In 2006, she was recognized in the 20th anniversary issue of Watercolor as one of 20 emerging artists. In 2008, she received the “Phil Dike Award” in the NWS All Member Show, and her students nominated her for the Virginia Governor's Award for the Arts. In 2010, she was one of 20 Americans included in the Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition in China. In 2018, she returned to China where her work was included in the Missouri Watercolor Society's international show at the Qingdao Laotian Museum, with additional work shown, by invitation, in Shoxi and Taicang. Jean has served on the Board of the Virginia Watercolor Society, as an officer of Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and as a chapter president and coordinating council chair of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Honor Society of Professional Women Educators.
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