Past Show

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to introduce Jill Valliere as our Featured Artist in our opening show of the season, “Effulgence”.

A Gallery reception will be held Saturday, June 9th, 2012, 5pm – 7pm. All are welcome to stop by, meet Jill and other Gallery Artists, as we celebrate the beginning of Maine’s briefest and most radiant season.

“Shining Forth Brilliantly” aptly describes Jill Valliere’s artistry. Her unique approach to her mixed media artwork is the on going result of over four years of experimentation and refining.  Jill’s work exceeds our goals at the Gallery of bringing in fresh and vibrant tallent, by using a technique and style that is a whole new form of artwork. Jill has created a totally unique format in the world of fine art.

“My work is about capturing those surreal moments in life when you stop to look around at your surroundings, and suddenly everything seems more vibrant, more ethereal. Some days it’s the power and energy of the scene, others it is the all-encompassing calm and quiet that captivates.

I have always been drawn to vibrancy and texture in art. By using a process of adding and subtracting, carving and layering, I am able to achieve a textural, almost sculptural quality to my paintings. By adding metal leaf into each piece I am able to represent the effulgent feeling of the moment.” – Jill Valliere

Artist Statement

Studying Decorative Arts at Rhode Island School of Design and working as a Faux Finisher/Muralist over the past 12 years has given me a unique perspective to Fine Art painting. The technique that I am using for these paintings initially came to light while I was producing sample boards for a client. The first sample board for this client hadn’t turned out the way that I had anticipated, so I set that board aside as a failure and started the next one.

When my husband came home that evening, he was astounded at how beautiful that sample board had come out. He was talking about the one that I had dismissed as a failure. When I looked at it again from a different perspective, I saw that it was actually quite beautiful!

After thinking about this board for almost two years, I set aside some time to develop the idea and spent four additional years trying to perfect it. After much trial and error, I have finally developed, what I believe is a unique and memorable painting style.

Each of my paintings have countless layers of glazes, paints, plasters, metal foils, and varnishes. The final product is a result of many hours sanding and scraping between layers to expose the numerous colors and textures that I have applied. Each painting is unique in that I could never replicate the finish or colors a second time. The resulting work is a combination of careful planning and happy accidents along the way.