Jill Ciccone Pike|
Colored Pencil, Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic
Jbagwellpike@nc.rr.com · www.cicconeart.com
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Originally from Dunn, North Carolina, I have lived in Raleigh since 1983. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love to draw. My earliest artistic memory is of happily drawing Disney characters on my “Magic Slate” in the back seat of the car while my mother ran errands. You remember those things: the cardboard easel with the red plastic pencil and gray shiny sheets that made a wonderful ripping sound when you lifted the top sheet to erase it. By the age of twelve, I had moved on to painting in acrylics and switched over to oils when I was in my thirties.
In 1980, I became a full-time mom, doing commissioned portraits in my "spare" time. Soon after our nest became officially empty in 2005, my husband, Skip, and I added a studio onto our home so that I could pursue my art on a full-time basis.
I enjoy painting people, animals, landscapes and seascapes. To be able to capture an expression, a mood or a memory of a special place or event is the ultimate challenge. To me, nothing is more gratifying than having the privilege of painting a loved one or a treasured moment on canvas for someone. Most of my work is done in oil, but I have also worked in acrylic, watercolor and colored pencil. My paintings are signed with my maiden name, “Ciccone”, to honor my father, from whom I inherited my love of art.
Learning to work with different media and experimenting with new techniques is of great interest to me. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my art with others. I believe art is a gift from God, and I strive to develop and use my artistic ability to celebrate life and the beauty of the creation that surrounds us.
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