Featured Artists

August: Jill Peckelun and Nicole Michaud

Jill Peckelun

Give a brief description of your upcoming show. And what might have inspired it.

It was at the gallery’s suggestion that I consider doing an urban landscape themed show and I am so glad that I did!  Took me out of my rural scene comfort zone and let me discover all the wonderful colors, shapes, moods and figures that inhabit an urban space.

How have you expanded existing themes/ideas for which you are best known/or if this body of work is a great deviation from your norm, what inspired this new approach?

I still like bright clean colors, but I explored some more neutrals in my palette …using the neutrals to set off the brighter colors.  And, because each urban scene is so different from the next I was able to expand the moods of the pieces as well.  So there is more of a variety in this show both color wise and mood wise.  Which made me very happy.

Stylistically and/or technically, what do you hope collectors notice in your new work?

I hope they appreciate how each piece is specific to my connection with the space at that particular point in time.  For example, Haunting and Its Still Pretty are entirely different from each other in color palettes, but both suggest a mood diametrically opposed to gutsy in- your- face- color punched pieces like Main Drag and Robust.  I’m still a painter who prefers to suggest rather than spell out each detail with my brushstrokes.  I’d also like to point out that it deceptively difficult to do that .

Nicole Michaud

Give a brief description of your upcoming show. And what might have inspired it.

My work in this show has really been reflective of my travels and thoughts over the last two years. Some of the pieces are inspired by places I have visited, while others are constructed from several sources. Each piece is more a combination of sight and mind, or a combination of two or more places that have been meshed together.

How have you expanded existing themes/ideas for which you are best known/or if this body of work is a great deviation from your norm, what inspired this new approach?

The first section of this body of work, started a few years ago, was primarily based on memory, and the distillation of the landscape through memory.  These more recent pieces build on that first concept, but also incorporate multiple references, psychology, and emotion. I have spent more time working past far-off landscapes, and instead becoming more intimate with them.

Stylistically and/or technically, what do you hope collectors notice in your new work?

I use oil pastels not only to draw, but also to create depth and texture using layering and scraping techniques to bring out the brightness and texture of the paper.  These methods also allow for a suggestion of finer detail, and a play on space within the image.

Add any additional info that might interest the viewer.

Each piece I make is constructed with long-term viewing in mind.  I hope to go beyond subject matter, and provide a visually diverse piece that can be enjoyed over the years.