Jill Harrington Nichols’ exploration of nature is intrinsic in her practice, as is her desire to connect with and understand beauty. According to Nichols, painting is an act of abstraction, and one could go further and say that all of life is an abstraction. That it is ambiguous. We are always trying to find order out of chaos, form out of the formless. Attempting to label and categorize- so that we can have a hold on what we consider ‘reality’. So that we can recognize a tree for example, and can communicate to one another that this tree exists. When one stops to really look at the tree however it loses all form and becomes an abstraction of shapes and color.
Jill has just returned from Italy where she conducted a week long painting workshop and delivered her artwork, “Phi” to the Vatican Observatory. Her work is also in the collections of former FBI Director James Comey and the Yale Medical Center.
She is known for her mastery of color. Her work ranges from quick observational studies to large involved compositions. Playing with time, space and mathematics.