Painting & Drawing

Jean (Haliburton) Wills was born in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.  She received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1994.  In 2000 she moved with her family to Newfoundland, and still spends every summer in NS. 

Through the meditative process of observing and painting, the forms that make up the world become less familiar and infinitely complex.  Lately I have been inspired by Chinese ink painting to explore more gestural painting techniques. I also draw with burning sticks and natural charcoal as well as the soot from burning candles.  This technique was developed while at the family cabin in the Annapolis Valley of NS, with local fruit as a subject. It is the most primal drawing form.  The paper is burned while drawing the fruit, evoking the process of decay. Recently I have been painting still life that becomes narrative through the juxtaposition of the objects in them. Another of my painting obsessions is the flower.