Exhibit Title: Spring!
Exhibit: May 2nd – June 2nd, 2019
Nevada City Winery’s May Artist, Jill Mahanna, has created a show that is both uplifting and bursting with color. Her works are a combination of oil and mixed media that are inspired by the landscape of the Sierra Foothills. Jill says her paintings “are about the vitality of the natural world.” For her, “the challenge is to make a painting that resonates with a similar intensity.” A visit to Table Mountain last year inspired a series of meadow paintings with high horizon lines, which is something she continues to focus on. She describes her work as concerned with paths and destination. She says, “the paths in my paintings—some obvious and some subtle—are a metaphor for the ways in which we wander through our lives, the choices we make, and the obstacles on our way. I am exploring the ideas around arrival and attainment, the journey and the question of whether there is a destination.”
Jill has been painting the Sierra Foothills landscape for 25 years. She grew up in Delaware and went to school at Duke University where she graduated with two degrees, one in fine art and the other in art history. She came to the Sierra Foothills in 1992 to work as a graphic designer and care for her two children. She is a resident artist at the Grass Valley ASiF Visual Arts Center.
Currently, she has dual full-time jobs parenting and painting to which she says “I am grateful and fulfilled.”
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