Jill Vaughn

My Work

I love the soft and sometimes harsh lines that are made with a simple stroke of a pencil. I then add color inspired from what is right outside my window. A torn piece of paper is placed as if a leaf fell randomly onto my paper. While drawing, I’m aware of how nature has sacrificed for me and how I touch nature in return, sometimes tenderly, other times not so. Where I have walked and placed my mark, and where others have walked, all become a part of the story.
Inevitably, an environment is revealed with multiple layers — roots intertwine, moss lays down a blanketed cover, a twig interrupts. I want to connect to the multiple layers that are revealed and create a balance between my actions and my environment.
These painted drawings are searching for that connection.
A kind of chaotic balancing act is under way. 

Biography

Jill Vaughn is a visual artist and painting instructor. She earned her Bachelors in Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design where she majored in painting with concentrations in drawing and printmaking; she earned her Masters Degree in Education with concentrations in Multiple Intelligence's from the University of Saint Josephs in Hartford. She studied independently in Rome, Italy, and exhibits actively in Connecticut and with Gallery One CT, an artist cooperative, in where she is the curator in charge of exhibitions. Her work is in numerous collections including the Pfizer Corporation, Quinnipiac College, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Middlesex Emergency Clinic, and The U.S. Trust Corporation. Ms. Vaughn was the President of the Essex Art Association and former council member. Since 1999, she has been the Art Department Head at the Oxford Academy teaching art and photography to high school students. Ms. Vaughn has also taught watercolor painting at the Wesleyan University's Green Street Art Center in Middletown.

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