Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New American Paintings West (Issue 114)

I am pleased to share that I have been included in New American Paintings West (Issue 114).  Juror, Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, chose works from approximately 1,000 applicants to be featured in the West edition.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Impressions: Paintings by Jill Christian, Sept. 19-Nov. 7, 2014

I am pleased to announce that an exhibition of my paintings opens September 19th at The Jonathan Abrams MD Art Gallery, University of New Mexico Hospital.

Impressions: Paintings by Jill Christian
September 19 - November 7, 2014

Opening Reception:
 Friday, September 19, 4-6 pm

The Jonathan Abrams MD Art Gallery
University of New Mexico Hospital
Fifth Floor, Ambulatory Care Center
The gallery is open weekdays from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Parking is available at the UNM Hospital West Parking Structure (Lomas & Yale).

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Studio Visit Magazine

I am very pleased to announce that my work has been included in Vol. 25 (2014) of Studio Visit Magazine, a juried series of artist books. My paintings are featured on page 25.

Also in this issue is Susan Emmerson (page 70) a fellow graduate from the MFA program at Lesley University College of Art and Design, and Page Coleman (page 47), an artist and gallery owner in Albuquerque.  Page was also one of my mentors during the LUCAD MFA program, and was instrumental in my exploration of color during the program.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

MAS Attack Comes to Albuquerque July 19, 2014

If you're in Albuquerque, stop by MAS Attack on July 19 at Creative Albuquerque's downtown location.  It's a one night art exhibition and social gathering with artists from Albuquerque and Los Angeles.

MAS Attack

Saturday, July 19, 7 to 11pm
Creative Albuquerque
115 Fourth Street NW

(no charge for entry)

Here are some links to learn more about MAS (Mutual Appreciation Society) Attack:

Alibi: "Imagine a festive “one-night-only” art event more like a rock concert than a gallery opening. No fancy, self-conscious people milling about a cavernous, half-empty gallery space sipping chardonnay from plastic cups. Instead, a low-key venue that holds over 50 accomplished artists and their boisterous fans in a crowded space jam-packed with overlapping artwork. And the main aim of the night? For artists to network and socialize. (No sales allowed!)"

Local IQ: "For one night only, Albuquerque is being invaded — by artists. MAS ATTACK, a city-to-city exhibit put on by ARTRA Curatorial, hails from Los Angeles. It is a project designed to put together 30 L.A. artists with 30 Albuquerque artists to create a collage exhibit meant to spark conversation, creativity and collaboration."

ARTRA: "The event is sponsored by Creative Albuquerque and ARTRA Curatorial
ARTRA Curatorial is a volunteer organization for the implementation of new modes of exhibition, locally, nationally and internationally, that feature artist-led emerging platforms and opportunity based interactions and community building via social practice type events.

Founded by Max Presneill and Colton Stenke in 2009 and now joined by Kio Griffith, the group has instigated large scale art events and exchanges, as well as the alternative art fair Co/Lab, throughout Los Angeles and has new projects being presented in China, France and UK in 2014, as well as the continuation of their MAS ATTACK series of events both in LA and other US cities."

ARTRA Curatorial:

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Harwood Harvest Paintings

Very pleased to have delivered The Harwood Harvest paintings to shareholders at the Albuquerque Downtown Growers' Market!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Folds and Patterns

I am just shy of half-way through 56 paintings for Harwood Art Center's Harvest project.

Completing so many small paintings in such a short time has challenged me on so many levels: concentration, interest, time management. How to sustain enthusiasm, quality, and interest.  Here's an image of my slowly growing wall of meditations.

In between, my thoughts drift back to patterns and folds. Last year (2013), I visited the Annie Leibovitz exhibition, Pilgrimage. I was captivated by the intimacy of the images of artifacts, clothing, instruments of the individuals she studied. In particular, her photograph of Georgia O'Keeffe's bed at her home and studio in Abiquiu

(c) Annie Leibovitz. Georgia O'Keeffe's Bed in Abiquiu.


I've been thinking of beds and folds and patterns. And the traces that are left and what they tell us.

Jill Christian, Bed Feb 20

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Twist on a Valentine's Day Singles Auction: Singles+Art

"Pink Painting", 2009. Acrylic on paper (framed), 23"x22"

I’ve paired one of my paintings with one of these fantastic singles!  Don’t sit at home on Valentine’s Day -- Come on out to ArtBar for an evening of fun and a singles + art auction supporting New Mexico AIDS Services and Progress Now New Mexico.  See the ArtBar posting for details on the event and how to purchase tickets.

ArtBar is getting rid of the nasty little COUPLES tradition that Valentine's Day is - Feb 14th 2014 @ 8pm come be part of an Art/Singles Auction - buy art, it comes with a date, or vice versa! Food and "some" drink included with purchase of ticket - more available night of the event of course!

Local celebs, artists, and hardworking guys and gals up for auction - nice art to go along with em!!!! It's gonna be a good ol' non-traditional night. Some of our singles include: Hakim Bellamy, Shastyn Friedman, Sera Miles, Hillary Frost aka DJ ILL Audia, Kelly Fernandez of Paris A Go Go, and so many more!

Local artisans include: Tattoo Artists from Archetype Dermagraphic, Christian Gallegos, Cloudface, and again, so many more!

A portion of the proceeds from this amazing and fun night will go to benefit NM Aids Services; this event is made possible through a partnership with Progress Now New Mexico, ArtBar by Catalyst Club, and NM Aids Services.

For more information, visit ArtBar by Catalyst Club's FaceBook page:

Purchase tickets at Hold My Ticket:


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Amethyst Arsenic Online Poetry Journal
I am thrilled to be one of the featured artists, along with Samuel Smith, in the Winter Issue of Amethyst Arsenic, an online poetry journal run by Samantha Milowsky.

Here's an excerpt from their announcement:

The Amethyst Arsenic Winter 2014 issue is online! Thanks so much to Rosebud Ben-Oni & Kristine Ong Muslim for being wonderful editors. I'm excited to announce the next poetry editors will be Charles Coe & Emily O'Neill. Max Bowen of Citywide Blackout will be the music editor. I can finally sit back and enjoy the current issue, and look forward to the next one!

Monday, January 27, 2014

From the flat files

Oil on panel, 20"x20", 2/15/13

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Last year, I attended a nature journaling workshop at the Albuquerque Petroglyphs with my 10 year old. It was one of the most amazing days.  The instructor walked us through various exercises. One of them was to sit in front of a plant for 15 minutes and just look.  And sketch what we saw. On my walk this day, I was feeling stressed and my footsteps remembered this teacher.   I stopped, and began looking. Not for 15 minutes, but just 5.  After about 60 seconds of adjusting my vision, I began to see a whole universe unfold before me.  A world of flowers, plants, ants, bees, and insects just barely visible.  And certainly invisible before to me,  a quick walker intent on covering my distance.  Watching this slow, swooping, intense activity gave me hope for my day. There was an entire universe of activity supporting this amazing ecosystem I live in and breath in.  It reminds me to be thankful for all the things I cannot see.