About the Artist
"Although I grew up with a fine artist (my Mom) I never enjoyed art. I found it frustrating and intimidating. I still joke frequently with my patients (as I draw stick figures for their exercise pictures) that art is not my forte. However, a few years ago, I had the fortunate experience of attending a Gyotaku exhibit. I had “found” MY art! I immediately fell in love with the form. I was so fortunate to learn the process with Heather Fortner, a wonderfully accomplished gyotaku artist and instructor. I share my art with the hope of inspiring a greater appreciation of wildlife and a sense of stewardship for both nature and the environment."
Questions frequently asked:
Q: Do you have to just use the specimen once?
A: No, if I take good care of the specimen I can often use it for years (I have an entire freezer just for my art!)
Q: How do you get the colors for the paper?
A: I usually hand dye my background papers, if it is a light color background there are often 2-3 pieces of paper on the canvas/gallery board that were layered. Sometimes I use Gelliprinting for backgrounds as well (smaller pieces).
Q: What is the red marking on/near one of the corners?
A: This is known as a “hanko” or “chop”. It is essentially a signature of the artist. My smaller chop is my name. My larger chop says “Appreciate the Sea” in Japanese.
Q: Your greeting cards all look different…why?
A: Each one is an ORIGINAL print, not a reproduction (the reason for the higher price as well).
Contact Jill Marks by email: firstname.lastname@example.org