Artists Featured at the Town Offices

The Month of October we are Featuring the Mixed Media
Art of Marilyn Gillis






Artist Statement

"My inspiration most often comes during the process of creating rather than before.  I act and respond as a piece develops.  I start by painting and adding surface design on paper and textiles, then ideas emerge from these.  I work intuitively as a piece evolves, without a plan, but within loose parameters that are subject to revision as the work progresses.  I use a wide range of materials and techniques – whatever helps translate my ideas to the art I am making.  Above all, I am inspired to make art that induces a sense of pleasure. To quote Pierre-Augusta Renoir, “there are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.” 

Biography Statement

I have spent my adult life doing four important things:  raising a daughter, teaching, working for feminist causes, and creating art.  I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in human development and education.  For forty years I taught high school, undergraduate and graduate college courses in human development.  Most of my community and volunteer work has been for feminist agencies and causes.  My love of nature has inspired much of my art.  For the past thirty years I have focused on surface design processes and have used the fabrics and papers I make through these processes to create mixed media art and stitched and layered textiles.