Greenwich Artist Comes Through The Choppy Seas With Exhibit At Oak And Oil In Katonah

Greenwich Artist has Wine Tasting and Exhibit at Oak and Oil in Katonah
Greenwich Artist Comes through the Choppy Seas with Exhibit at Oak and Oil in Katonah
Source - Photo by Rich Monetti

At Oak and Oil on Katonah Avenue there's no shortage of slick when it comes to the glut of quality artist that this community offers.  "I wish I could prolong our shows," says Gallery Curator Giovanna Schwartz, and the artist that was on hand this Saturday afternoon for a wine tasting only makes the owner's heart grow fonder in anticipation of each morning's opening.

"I fall more in love with her paintings everyday," says Michael Kearns of Impressionist Artist Jillian Marie Dyson.

On the flip side, it's the setting of the sun that gives the Greenwich artist a rise. Ideas many times coming at night, says Dyson, "I never don't

have an idea so I can't wait till morning to start painting."

However, providing insight into the process through daybreak is beyond her powers of explanation. "I don't know how it happens, it just pops out," says Dyson.  

"End of Day" seems to have followed suit as it features a fishing boat trudging on toward another day. "I love the rawness," says the New Zealand native. "It just fell out of my heart, and I put it down without much polish."

But she's not put off when her initial strokes amount to a false dawn. "You just paint over it," she says. "It gives you something to start with rather than getting upset."

All the more easier to then turn the tide on the object of her artistic affections. "I love painting the sea," she says. "I love the movement of the water."

Thus Dyson left "Eye of the Storm" to the beholder. "You could be coming in or going out," said Dyson. "It can be whatever you want it to be." 

Whether she was entering or exiting through the rough seas when she left New Zealand for Florence,

Italy as a 17 year old is also open to interpretation.  "There's much beauty in New Zealand but little culture. So after high school, I moved to Italy and made a living selling my art to tourists on the street," says Dyson. 

She's certainly made it this far, but things have been rough since downturns in the economy following 9/11 and the great recession.  "I haven't been exhibiting much in past years," says Dyson. "But I never stop painting, and I have 60 painting waiting for the economy to come back." 

Even so, Schwartz is sure Katonah needn't wait on economic indicators to get onboard with a satisfaction that goes both ways.  "It makes us feel good that customers come back and tell us how happy they are," Schwartz concludes. "This tells us we are representing the right artists."

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