Jill Finsen Paintings

Working in the spirit of primitive or naïve styles, I use composition and color to balance forms and rhythms to create a distinct and whimsical exploration of surface. With allusions to the works of early 20th century American painters and the Fauvists, my paintings embody a tension between familiarity and abstraction, drawing viewers in, yet leaving unresolved their placement within the imagined space.

I use the play of negative and postive space and unexpected color to offer a suggestion of an image rather than a literal presentation. Landscapes, often anchored in Maine and Cape Cod, offer playful shapes of boats, clotheslines in unusual places and surprising configurations. Portraiture includes individuals painted or drawn with some exaggeration having fun; lounging on the beach; reading; and playing cards. Still-life paintings present joyful shapes of flowers in oddly shaped vases placed on flat surfaces. My work tilts toward the quirkiness of everyday situations through shape, color and juxtaposition.

Currently pursuing my Masters of Fine Arts in Painting at the New York Studio School, I have studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Maine Photographic Workshops, The Art League and Vander Zee School of Painting. My work has been widely exhibited on Cape Cod, in Maine and at a number of Washington DC-area venues. Gallery representation includes The Artful Way at Cataumet Center for the Arts (Bourne, MA), [Blank Slate], Sarasota, FL, Gallery 50 Contemporary Art (Rehoboth Beach, DE) and Hutton Gallery (Deer Isle, ME). I am an active member of the Capitol Hill Art League and Deer Isle Artists Association. During the summer I paint and exhibit at Smalling-Finsen Studio Gallery in Penobscot, ME.