Governor French Gallery is pleased to host the exhibition GROWTH – New Paintings by Jessica Hill. The exhibition opened on Friday, February 14th and continues through March 8th. The opening reception was excitingly well attended. Fourteen of Jessica’s acrylic paintings sold that night. Jessica’s artist statement speaks volumes regarding her motivation for painting and for the therapeutic value of her artwork. Photos are from the Opening Reception.
Last year a friend of mine said to me, “You were made to do more than pay bills and die. You should do something with your money that you actually enjoy.” In that moment I instantly thought of painting. So I said “yes” to the nudge. That night I bought my first round of supplies, went home, turned on some music and put paint to canvas. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing except I know it felt right. As time progressed painting became more of a way for me to process my feelings and traumas. Healing had begun. I never in a million years would have thought this is what would unlock parts of myself that I’ve never met before. I started diving deep into my life experiences and evaluating my ability to be human. Shifts were happening. Where there was anger I now found joy. Sadness had been replaced with inspiration. I was growing and evolving. My hope is that my art will continue to assist me in my personal growth. If someone else should feel a nudge to grow along the way, well then that would be the cherry on top.
GROWTH represents all of the keys I found along the way during this journey to the doors deep within.