Jill Bates work is just so serene and beautiful. She is currently exhibiting at Decatur Gallery and Dancing Goats in Decatur. Her work is sumptuously rich and full of vivid color. I used to work in this medium, and it is really challenging to create depth of color without getting muddy! Jill has mastered this medium and it is even more stunning in person. She has created these really cute "crab boxes" which are small works of art in little shadow boxes, and they are very reasonably priced. She will also be creating working plein air in the Newman's garden on May 1 for Art in the Afternoon, so you will get to see her in action!
Jill Bates, Pastels
A Kalamazoo, MI native, Bates did her undergraduate work at High Point College in North Carolina and also attended Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, GA. She has participated in various solo and juried exhibitions around the state and her work has received recognition at many of them, including: Beaux Arts, Atlanta Beach, Jonesboro, Best of Show, 1996; First Place, 1997; Artists of the Southern Crescent Juried Exhibit, 2nd Place; Fayette County Courthouse Art Show in the Square, Honorable Mention, 1996; One Man Show, Performing Arts Center, Jonesboro; Clayton County Festival of Art, 1999, 3 Purchase Awards. Her work is included in several corporate and private collections. Bates lives and works in Lilburn, GA., with her family.