Jill Lear is a painter whose trees in the landscape are a means of transcribing not only the experience of being in, and thinking about, Nature, but also the way in which we process the world around us. Jill’s large-scale works on paper have been exhibited in San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Austin, and Sun Valley. Her work has been acquired by the permanent collections at Wright State University Art Museum in Dayton, OH, as well as the Philip Isles Collection, New York. Jill trained formally at the New York Studio School and holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and The Chambre Syndicale of Haute Couture in Paris.
"Jill Lear is a painter so inspired by nature and landscapes that she has made trees her primary subject. It begins with a single tree in the landscape, Jill notes the latitude and longitude, and then she systematically considers the space and form of the tree. Like Gorky before her Lear’s paintings are a study of space between the subjects. Her paintings are neither embedded in realism, nor are they committed abstractions. Rather her paintings are a mapping of the experience. It is precisely this complexity and ambiguity that makes the pieces so compelling. Distilling the elements that make up these ancient beings until the white space invites as much investigation as her color and lines. With post impressionistic influences with vivid colors, geometric forms and brush strokes suggestive of Cezanne, Lear’s trees have a striking aesthetic appeal". Kristin Poole