Fred Jillson


FREDERICK JILLSON“Writers have an old saying that one should only write about what one knows. In a similar way, I have finally come to believe that I should only draw, paint, or etch what truly captivates my own imagination. So, while I do draw salt marshes, old rickety houses and ancient trees, I really enjoy drawing and painting people. Young people and (particularly) old people. Formal portraits and captured moments. Figures with or without clothes. Real people or purely imaginary ones. Happy people and those nearly crushed by life. And, I strive for two things: beauty and craftsmanship. Thanks be to the artists, ancient and modern, who have shown me how it’s done: Rembrandt, Whistler, Homer, Gibney, Sloane, Curtis, classic antiquity and the whole Renaissance, to name just a few.”