As an artist, I choose to create images that bring me back to that place of inner quiet evoked by memories, emotions, or a sense of place, creating a visual sanctuary from all that weighs on the spirit. At the same time I get to enjoy the lovely tactile experience of working with pastels that offer so many luscious colors to create luminous, atmospheric paintings.
The wonderful thing about art is the ability to capture a moment in time, including the sensory, kinetic energy of the artist, which can be brought to life again by the viewer, each connection to the piece being as different as the individual who sees it.
Hopefully something in my work will resonate for you as well.
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Gill Truslow received her Masters in Art Education from the UMass - Amherst, and taught art in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire for 34 years. She has studied with master pastelists Robert Carsten, Susan Ogilvie, Bob Rohm, Aline Ordman, Paul Murray and Kim Lordier. Professional affiliations include the Pastel Societies of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut and the Monadnock Area Artists Association, for which she served as president for 3 years. Gill works in her studio located in Keene, NH, and has exhibited and won awards in national juried shows throughout the Northeast. Her work can be found in numerous private collections, as well as at her studio.
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I remember how scary it was as a child to make that first mark on a piece of paper, hoping that I could draw something well. I saw that same fear in many of my students, but was rewarded by the delight on their faces when they learned how to make a shape take form on a 2-dimensional surface. I face that same challenge with excitement every time I enter my studio. Experimenting with color, line, shape and texture to make something emerge from the surface is magical.
"Food for the Soul"', shown at Keene State's Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, is lovely - one of my favorites there. The figures are full of life, which is what I look for in any painting." - Louise Rath
"Your pastel is hanging over our bed in the house at the cape. The colors and the beauty of the flowers create a peaceful welcome each time we enter the room. We love it! Thank you for sharing your talent and the work you created with us." - Nancy Hansen
"I'm looking at the painting, Discovery, hanging on my wall. It depicts the synthesis of childhood innocence and utter concentration. The sea, the sand and the breakers are perfectly rendered but the delicate child is so focused on the object of discovery that the rest of the world has fallen away - painfully poignant and heart-opening." - Cathy MacDonald
"When my wife gave me one of Gill's pastels for my birthday, I wept. I think it was both astonishing and a feeling of being graced. It wasn't just any pastel, though I might have wept over any gift of a work by Gill; it was a picture of an eastern painted turtle on a log before a backdrop of long grasses. We have a camp on a pond where I sit for hours gazing at the water using my binoculars to find the many painted turtles that can be seen basking in the sun. But Gill's pastel is startling beyond my personal turtle totemism. The glade is shadowed, but the sun angles in to bounce off the turtle's shell. The rich full-summer colors draw me in. Though the turtle is the focal point, one's eye is drawn to the surround, the scene. I love this picture. I call it sublime." - David Patterson
"Love your website and great to see your collection of work in one fell swoop with all the trimmings. A meditative retreat and feast for the eyes and the inclination to dwell in nature's bounty... Vermont Flower Farm is still one of my favorites, but have been savoring a lot of new ones I had not seen before. Your paintings seem to be deepening in their attention to details and capturing that moment in time, especailly the sentiment of the seasons. But most compelling, the nostalgic residue that lingers after viewing them." - Mark Rappaport
"We love Gill's work. The painting that we own of hers is wonderfully ephemeral image of birches in the foreground with a mountain rising in the background, Reminiscent of the Cornish Art Colony. Had there been women in soft flowing gowns, I would have said it was Maxfield Parrish. Yet, greater than that, so delicate and so soft." - Jane Larmon
Fine art is a gift that you will never get bored with, will never lessen in value or wear out over time. It is an investment that will warm your home like a glowing wood stove.
Gill Truslow's paintings are all originals and are created using only archival materials, including the pastels which are made of pure pigment, ensuring the lasting beauty of your painting. Framing is typically done using gold or black plein air frames with UV glass.
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