Artist StatementFrom a very young age my favorite way of communicating was through drawing. My mother tells a story of my four-year-old hands running a pencil across a page in two quick dashes. I had created a reflection in a window, an indication that the window panes were made of glass. It was important to me that she understood the details of the building I held in my mind. I needed her to understand in a way that my four-year-old words could not adequately express. Art was an outlet for my imagination and communicator for my ideas and feelings. Today my work communicates my perceptions much the same as my childhood drawings. However, the subject matter is directly appropriated from a tangible image, scene, or object rather than the images found in creative thought. Through appropriating scenes, faces, and objects from my world, I invite my audience to see how I see and feel how I feel. Like most artists, I simply aim to capture what I think is beautiful in this world and share it.
Jillian, native of Long Island, has loved her home in the Appalachian area for the better part of 11 years. Jillian has been an artist for as long as she can remember. Her love of drawing began when she could hold a pencil and continued to be her focus throughout grade school and high school. In 2003, Mazur moved to Morgantown, WV to study painting at West Virginia University. In 2008, she graduated with a BFA in painting and a certification to teach art, pre-k through 12th grade. Jillian’s focus has lead her to open a studio for which she creates her Appalachian inspired art as well as offers classes and lessons to students of all ages in the Western Maryland and WV area.
J.F. Mazur Studio opened during the summer of 2011 in Oakland, MD. From June of that year to today J.F. Mazur Studio has offered over 10 different categories of classes and camps. The studio currently offers seven different classes ranging from Mommy and Me Art for preschooler, to Open Studio Painting for adults.
J. F. Mazur Art Studio is also the creation site for Jillian’s personal artwork. Jillian's oil and acrylic paintings are often displayed in various galleries and venues throughout Garrett and Tucker Counties.
Jillian creates artwork with a variety of subject matter; from portraits, to landscapes, still-life tableaus with a story, to her cat, Emilia, she ties each piece together with a focus on natural light and a painterly hand. The artist describes her own work as a means of communication. “Through my paintings I invite my audience to see how I see and feel how I feel. Like most artists, I simply aim to capture what I think is beautiful in this world and share it.”