Testimonials from students of Jill Alexander Studio ~Algonquin College Pembroke Campus ~ Wallacks ~ Clients of Commissioned Work:
|Students of Jill Alexander:|
WALLACKS YOUR CREATIVE SOURCE:
“Thanks Jill, I REALLY enjoyed the gel medium workshop. Your gentle teaching skill and artistic flair has given me enthusiasm to unleash my wanna be artistic creativity with gel. What I enjoy about a workshop is the ability to stick with a project and get stimulated to create more. But what I really enjoyed was the fun we had in class and learning through fun is always a joy. Keep up the great work.” Ali Brown
“Jill’s gel medium art class at Wallack’s was a fulfilling and joyful experience for me. She is an excellent teacher. Jill listened and then advised us on colour, technique, shading, composition and encouraged us.” Sandy Berry
“It was an outstanding fun filled course. Not only did I learn so much from Jill, who is an excellent instructor, I also had a great deal of fun. The other participants were also boundless in their enthusiasm for the technique we were all learning. I would highly recommend this course and I look forward to taking other courses with Jill.” Susan A.
“Thanks again for a great class, enjoyed the whole experience and soooo good to get lost in the creative process. Heeps of fun- you’re a great teacher” 😮 Sonia M.
“I’m very happy that I enrolled in Jill’s class in Palette knife and Gel Medium Technique: Basics. She makes the learning process fun and thoroughly enjoyable as she guides us with her expert advice yet encourages us to express ourselves as individuals. I felt comfortable in her class and inspired to continue the adventure and improve my skills.” Anne van der Greft
“I want to tell you again how much I enjoyed your workshop at Wallack’s. Your process is very interesting and I’m sure I will enjoy using the gel medium as you taught us in the future. Thank you for sharing your talents, advice and your story with us. It was inspiring to be with you. Thanks again and I’ll look forward to another of your workshops in the future”. Susan P.
“I enjoyed your class very much. I hope to take more of your classes someday and will be following you.” Teresa O.
“Jill your freedom with a palette knife, gel, and especially colour has helped to get me out of my box! As a novice to the world of paint you have opened up many new avenues of exploration. Thank you. ”MB
“I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the 2 day workshop at Wallacks. Your skill with Gel medium, the palette knife and colour were very inspiring. Your joy of painting with gel medium was transferred to your students and off we went with the most wonderful results. Thank you once again for sharing your skill and enthusiasm with us.” Betty Sullivan
“Thanks again Jill for a wonderful learning experience.” Margo McCann
“Many thanks,….this course has opened up new and exciting options.” Victoria Smith
” Thanks for a great workshop! It was very enjoyable ! “
JILL ALEXANDER STUDIO:
“What a wonderful day it was painting outside with Jill at her home! The view on the river was spectacular! The one on one was perfect for me. I am a beginner with palate painting and needed some techniques. I am so looking forward in using these new techniques on my next painting. I would so recommend a private lesson with Jill. It was definitely worth the drive for Ottawa to Jill’s studio. Thank you!” Marc M., Ottawa
“Dear Jill, Thank you for a wonderful painting experience… learning to use the palette knife was challenging but fun…I had a great day with an encouraging teacher. The results are in the paintings! You encouraged me to use my imagination when composing the flower composition and under your guidance the painting exceeded my expectation!” Barbara K., Golden Lake
“I want to THANK YOU so much for a lovely 2 days painting tulips. You were sooo patient with me!” Pat H, Calabogie
“Art has been one of my main interests for many years. I have played around with all media but settled on acrylics. In recent years, I have spent some of my time taking courses/workshops. For the past two days, I have taken a class from Jill Alexander and I must say I have learned so much from her. My approach to acrylics has improved significantly. Jill is a great instructor with lots of patience and a toolbox full of techniques and tricks.” Alanna L., Calabogie
“Jill Alexander is a great teacher, who works in a very inspiring studio on the banks of the Ottawa River. Her classes are fun ,her style and use of color are contagious. Jill, Thanks for sharing your gift with us.
Martina E., Campbell’s Bay
|I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how much I appreciated and enjoyed taking painting lessons from you. Your creativity is very inspiring and your teaching methods leave a lot of room for your students to create on their own while learning, I found that you were very generous in sharing your numerous skills. Working with a palette knife and gel was new to me and I look forward to integrating this new knowledge in my art projects. Your calm disposition and your beautiful peaceful surroundings by the water made it a wonderful experience and would definitely recommend this experience to all lovers of art. I loved your studio and enjoyed admiring your art work. The addition of your three beautiful cats completed the picture so well. Nicole F.|
|Spending time in Jill’s class is such an inspirational experience. You will enjoy being there whether you are already an artist, stuck in a rut or a beginner. You come away with a head full of ideas. She paints with such a fresh approach and freedom. Everything is big and colorful. You can free yourself of details and rules and return painting to being fun, like it should be. It is a relaxing get away in her studio surrounded with her art, with the Ottawa River outside the window. Betty C., Norway Bay,|
|Jill has a passion for flower art with a twist!!! Her unique style: whimsy with vibrant colors are impressive. Her talents also extend to teaching. Jill is fun, makes everyone comfortable in the wonderful picturesque workshop setting along the Ottawa River, in Horton.
Josie Walsh, Arnprior
|Jill, The 2 day course was a totally positive experience. As you stated there are no mistakes. You are a very reassuring instructor, so personable, so talented and so effective. Kay R., Calumet Island|
|Jill, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your classes.
Your studio is beautiful and you made your classes so enjoyable.You demonstrated your talent and technique in a very relaxed manner.The love you have for painting is obvious in every stroke of the brush.
You have a natural talent that very few people can develop. I will follow your blog for future classes. Peggy C., Renfrew
|“It was a wonderful experience to take an art course from Jill in her beautiful art studio overlooking the Ottawa River. Jill opened up a whole new experience for me with her creative art techniques from a palette knife and gel medium to letting your imagination run in many directions. Her calm helpful ways are to be commended. Definitely want to take more courses in the future!” Elsie S., Norway Bay|
“I had fun. I learned. I ate great cookies. I met new people. I really enjoyed myself. But most of all I climbed out of a painting rut, with new ideas and plans and have been painting or thinking of painting every day since. Jill is very interesting, entertaining and helpful. I enjoyed the classes with her and would recommend anyone at any level to try. Her studio on the Ottawa River is beautiful. Take a chance. Try something new. Call her about taking a class. You’ll have fun.”
Maggie Hogan, Braeside
Jill, I loved your classes you are so inspiring, and so kind to work with…. I so enjoyed my little flowers I painted and the way they turned out… they make me smile every time I look at them….
|Algonquin College – Pembroke Campus:“It was an awesome 2 day course, Jill was just a terrific teacher! Looking forward to more.” & “I’m still in awe of my tulips. I can’t believe that I did that! “. Beth L.“Thank you! It was a great class! Cannot say enough about the quality and comfort that you gave to us in that class! “. Odette D.M.“Thoroughly enjoyed this course and will definitely consider other courses with Jill.” “Excellent facility – Supplies and materials complete and most useful” “I very much enjoyed this class and I have learned so many things that I will use forever in my future paintings.” “Class was awesome! Looking forward to another with Jill”“Since my classes with Jill, I have been painting up a storm and having so much fun. Everyone is so impressed with my tulip painting, thank you for all your knowledge and direction.” Charlotte A.|
|Individual and Corporate Appreciation of Jill Alexander’s Services: Commission Work: “It was a real pleasure to work with Jill in customizing a unique work of art for our family room. We were looking for a unique Paris themed work of art that was inspired by a photo I had seen. Jill did
a wonderful job to meet our inspirational photo and have the art
work’s color theme work well with our recently redecorated family room. I gave her samples of the fabrics that had been used in the space and she brought out the perfect tones. The paintings have
received many compliments from visitors to our home.” And above all
it is a truly original piece that is original to my decor. Jill is
great at understanding your vision, I would highly recommend her of any commissioned art work, she is very versatile in her styles of art
work also, can go from a traditional still life to an abstract art
piece, with great results.” Ana Gomes, Personal Touch Interiors*** “Jill, what an amazing painting! It is beautiful and precisely what I was hoping for. Many thanks for your efforts and professionalism.” Jim Orban, President of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, Ottawa ***“I wanted to thank you Jill for the wonderful experience I had working with you to create the two paintings for CUPE depicting the scope of services our members provide coast to coast to coast. I found this process very collaborative and working with you inspirational and enjoyable. You helped take my thoughts and ideas and create vibrant and joyful images. Your patience and willingness to share the creative process left a lasting impression with me. The paintings which are hung at our National Office are always commented on and they help to remind us that art and labor are intrinsically connected”Daria Ivanochko, Managing Director, National Services Department, Canadian Union of Public Employees
|(Excerpt from a letter of recommendation) Jill is as enthusiastic as she is talented about her art of painting furniture and walls. I also find her sense of humour comes through in her art, a humour that adds an edge to home decor and an edge that would be a welcome addition to Ottawa.(Excerpt from article in Ottawa Citizen, Mar. 3, 2001 – Wild Woman With A Brush) She is an artist who hates to follow rules and always adds details upon details. Each piece of fruit (Festive Fruit Table) is so realistic you can taste the sweet juice.
Sheila Brady, Homes Editor, The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa, Ontario
|Mural – “What started off as a one wall mural for my children to express their love of hockey grew into an entire room that looks like our own personal arena. Her sense of humor certainly came out from the drawings of the goofy fans in the stands to incorporating my family members, including my dog Sly, into the wall. We have the most popular basement in the neighborhood.” Lise Dixon, Orleans.Mural– When I was redecorating my master bedroom, I wanted to do something very unique and different in that space. I had seen beautiful wallpaper (a custom order from theUK); I took this as my inspiration for my master bedroom mural. I decided to take it one step further and have a custom mural done for me, this way I will have control over the colours and overall look, and best of all it will be made to fit my size of wall. My first thought was to contact Jill, as she has done previous art work for me, and it is always above my expectations. Jill is great to work with, she really understands her client’s needs, and vision, she pays great attention to detail, this is evident in the beautiful details on the birds, flowers, etc. Jill is great at combining colours, textures in any art piece she does. Jill is a very talented artist and very easy to work with, fantastic combination great at her trade and great communications skills. I would highly recommend Jill for any artistic work anybody needs, this is such a beautiful mural that is even featured in the Homes Section of Ottawa Citizen newspaper. (September 2012 issue).Ana Gomes, Interior Decorator, Personal Touch interiors|
|A quote from Centretown News, Dec. 2, 2007 :“Jill Alexander has been a member with the artist-run gallery for the past 3 years. She has the ability to connect with the viewer which is really important” says Sametz, “Jill’s got an individual and unique colour sense.” “Jill’s a strong storyteller, so obviously that’s one reason the audience gravitates toward her work” says Sametz.
Terry Sametz, President of the Foyer Gallery
|“Jill Alexander’s work is of three main types: cityscapes, sporting scenes and the third one consists of totally subjective imagery that is personal in nature. All of the latter are marked by great beauty and a wonderful and inventive interplay of colors. All are uplifting in nature and are also essentially timeless because of their themes which have always been and will continue to be with us, namely hope and positivism. These are fine works and need to be promoted more widely than can be offered by the galleries available to her now. Gerald Smith, Ottawa School of Art Teacher www.geraldsmithartstudio.com|
Mural – “How can we thank you for the delightful, colourful, beautiful wall mural?! Everyone who sees it is blown away by the detail and enchanting characters! It looks awesome!”
Brenda Reisch, Children at Risk.
|Mural – “We would like to thank you very much for the wonderful mural you created at the Children’s Welcome centre. The mural adds colour and life to the centre and brightens everyone’s day. The children love the animals and especially the balloons. The wall was boring and lifeless, now it has changed the whole dynamic of the room.” The Board of Directors for the Welcome Centre.|
|“Jill Alexander is an insightful and dedicated artist. When having recently viewed her festival tulip, I was struck by the detailing and artistic licence that she took with this unusual shaped piece. She was able to interpret the past and present life on the Ottawa River. Jill was able to express her feelings and artistic abilities on this tulip, painting it as 2 seperate paintings. Her work literally grabbed me, and forced me to take a closer look.I was moved by the artistry and detailing, knowing right then and there that it must be bought in honour of a recent passed friend. Ron’s Tulip named after former councillor Ron Kolbus is now sitting in the building that was named in his honour. It was an honour to have found Jill Alexander and her work, clearly she was able to reach her audience with her attentive detailing and formative skills.”
Wendo Blondeau, President of the Glabar Park Community Alliance