Jill was absorbed in various creative processes at a young age. Guided by family members, she developed many skill sets from basket weaving to drawing. Jill received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. Continuing to explore every medium, she landed on Painting as a major. Her current work is mixed media with acrylic, often incorporating fabric, paper and found objects.
Jill is inspired by nontraditional mediums, using them to experiment and create various series. Some series explore certain emotions while others are purely tactile explorations of different mediums. Jill has been known to paint with tea or incorporate produce bags and other found objects into her work creating a truly one of a kind visual experience.
Feeling the need for a new challenge and change, Jill taught herself to sew in 2006. Her textile work focuses on accessories and home décor items, all of which are one of a kind. In 2013 she began designing her own fabrics through the use of her photography and digitally restored vintage items. She continuously debuts new fabrics that reflect her love of New Orleans, fashion and travel.
Jill’s work is available at local and national art markets, festivals and select retailers.
Jill Shampine is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Gentilly neighborhood.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Contemporary, Collage, Textured
**Describe yourself in one word.*
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I am constantly inspired by New Orleans. From the colorful shotgun houses to the Mississippi River, this city offers me beauty and grit at the same time- something that I believe is portrayed in my artwork. This city has so much energy that in turn fills me with life. At any given moment I can feel complete serenity, even at times of chaos, and just absorb the city and what she has to offer. Those breaths translate into a constant creative flow.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I am constantly keeping random things that inspire me. Sometimes it's a page out of a magazine or a photograph but sometimes it's literally a piece of trash. I use these items as my main starting point for beginning a new piece. I sort through the boxes and start making piles of items that speak to me in that moment or that portray the message I want the piece to say. Once I've figured out what materials I will use in the painting I start arranging the composition. Then comes the tedious process of gluing the mixed media elements onto the canvas. After a day of drying time the paint application begins. I let the collage inspire my palette, usually limiting it to three to four colors.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I am inspired by emotions, textures and color. Random objects, especially vintage ones, offer a great source of inspiration for me.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger are some of my artistic influences. They have all created artwork that makes my heart skip a beat. Thinking about their work inspires me to continuously push my boundaries.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Playing outdoors- biking, running or kayaking. Going to shows- both theater and music. Or lounging in my back yard under the orange trees.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
I love early mornings. The luxury of having leisurely coffee like it's Sunday morning everyday is really awesome. It's when I figure out my day and what I want to accomplish.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
My left eye is half blue and half brown.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
Southern Abstraction Group Exhibit- Where Y'Art Gallery and Old No. 77 Hotel. On view from January 12- April.
Arts Market of New Orleans (Palmer Park)- January 28, March 25, April 22, May 27
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival- Louisiana Marketplace- April 28-30
Weekends that I don't have shows you can find me in Jackson Square!
Check my social media for updates: Facebook/Instagram: Jill Shampine
Retail locations for my Accessory Line: New Orleans Historical Collection, Adorn & Conquer, GOGO Jewelry, Aunt Sally's Pralines, CJ Nero, Home Malone and online at jillshampine.com
Contact me to visit my studio in Gentilly.