Jill1If the art is to speak my actual voice cannot be heard. If it is done correctly, you will be affected and make it your own. I believe the buyer or viewer does not need to know what I am or was thinking; it is no longer mine once finished.

Jill Cucci-Smith is a South Jersey artist and teacher living in Seaville, NJ. Jill is a mixed-media artist who began her career in textiles and weaving. Later studied painting, while receiving her MAT from the University of The Arts. The work evolved, mixing painting and fibers, and naturally collage became her focused medium. She continued studies in collage, at Bennington College and encaustic early in 2000.

Mixed-Media gives Jill more of an opportunity to challenge, change, and interpret her voice. That voice fell silent recently. For 2-3 years while going through a very difficult time, Jill felt as though she exhausted abstraction and lost her drive to paint. Suprisingly, realism proved to be her avenue back.

Landscapes, birds, traditional South Jersey images filled dozens of her paintings. It was a kind of karma, what she liked least, taught her to work again. Realism, plays an important part in her latest mixed-media works. Portraits with patterns, still-lifes with fabric, abstracted landscapes in wax. Light hearted, surreal, opinionated art spelled out with the materials perfectly suited for each work. Paint alone is not enough for this artist to communicate what needs to be said or seen.

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