Past experience as a stained glass artist can be seen as highly influencing Jill Thomas Whatley’s current work. Her art is extremely distinctive and seems to mimic the same saturated color and outlined nature of stained glass windows. Images of people and places, moments in time, are recreated as abstract forms with an almost pastel-like surface that creates ghostly shadows and imprints of what once was.
Jill Thomas Whatley got an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and completed graduate work in Art History and Studio Painting. For seven years Jill worked as a stained glass artist, designing and crafting large-scale commissioned works. Now in Dubai she has a painting studio at home where she has moved towards different mediums.
Her art stems from the deconstruction and observation of her environment and what she finds beautiful. As a student of formalism she renders materials and subject matter as to elicit an aesthetic dialogue between the recognizable and the imaginary. She transports readers to an impossible place whilst retaining the connection to an actual current event.