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Jill Shampine is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Oswego State University, located near her home town of Syracuse, New York. Jill concentrated on mixed media painting for most of her life until she taught herself to sew in 2006. Her work focus quickly shifted towards sewing and expanded into hand dyeing, surface design and weaving. Today, Jill practices all of the mediums both separately and combined in two and three dimensional art forms.
In 2006 Jill began routinely exhibiting and selling her work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she lived for her full time job as a Visual Merchandising Manager. Jill found a balance in pursuing gallery exhibits and selling at local juried art shows. In 2011 she moved to New Orleans where she began selling work at local art shows while continuing work as a Visual Merchandiser. Immediately, she realized that New Orleans not only offered countless opportunities but that the support for artists was more abundant than any other place she had lived. Slowly, she phased out of her fifteen year career and became a full time artist in 2013.
Today, Jill focuses on selling her work at select local stores, festivals and in historic Jackson Square, where her work sells to international clientele. Her current focus is a series of stitched paintings that combine watercolor and sewing on paper. There are several styles within this series, ranging from contemporary abstracts to loosely interpreted landscapes.
Jill’s current studio practice also focuses on a sculpture series that she began in 2019. She creates autobiographical sculptures that translate distinct childhood memories into abstract symbolism using weaving, found objects and keepsake items. A piece from this series was shown in the Louisiana Contemporary at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in the Fall of 2019.
You can find all of Jill’s work online at jillshampine.com. A current list of events and retail locations can also be found on her website.
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