Milo Gallery
Jill Sykes and Michelle Stitz
"Verdure"
June 30 - July 28, 2007



Jill Sykes painting
Jill Sykes - "Exotica" I and II, 2006
Oil on canvas, 12 x 12" each


Jill Sykes painting
Jill Sykes - "Claire Bleu", 2006
Oil on canvas, 35 x 22"


Jill Sykes painting
Jill Sykes - "Big Joss II", 2007
Oil on canvas, 36 x 30"


Jill Sykes painting
Jill Sykes - "Sorelle", 2006
Oil on canvas, 40 x 35"


Michelle Stitz painting
"Acadia"
Oil in resin, 18 x 18", 2007


Michelle Stitz painting
"Out Of A Misty Dream A Path Emerges For A While"
Oil in resin, 18 x 18", 2007


Michelle Stitz painting
Michelle Stitz - "Forest Series", 2007
Oil in resin in metal frames.
47 x 26 x 1.5" (7 pieces together)





Jill Sykes and Michelle Stitz
The current exhibit "Verdure" at Milo Gallery featuring the work of Jill Sykes and Michelle Stitz, reinforces our desire and passion for the natural world. In a time when nature becomes more precious and undervalued, both artists very uniquely bring into focus the beauty and fragility of what once surrounded us.

Working in negative space, Jill Sykes creates virtually abstracted and visually bold images of flowers, leaves and branches. Using oil paint, she enlarges and closely crops these specimens, playing with scale and perspective. Her use of color, ranging from pale and translucent to light drenched and vibrant, adds a graphic sensibility to her work. She purposefully gives prominence to the deceptively simple and graceful nature of the plants. Jill Sykes studied at the Otis Art Institute, The Academy of Art in San Francisco and the School of Design, Art and Architecture at Santa Monica College. She has exhibited extensively throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, and her work is in numerous private and corporate collections.

Michelle Stitz uses a unique layering process with resin and oil paint to create a subtle canvas. These images offer the viewer an intriguing glimpse into nature, but obscure the delicate complexity which lies beneath. Often on a hazy surface, her images float, evoking a dreamlike memory. Some of her work focuses on the forest, grouping trees in series to create moody portraits of nature, and in other work, she uses botanicals infused with colors that never fully reveal their strength. Michelle Stitz earned her BFA from UC Santa Cruz. She has had numerous exhibits in California and throughout the US, and shows regularly at Julie Baker Fine Arts.


Jill Sykes interview on Molly Barnes' Art News radio show on KCSN 88.5 FM, 6/11/07:

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July/August 2007 ArtScene:
Preview of Jill Sykes and Michelle Stitz exhibit

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