Jac Tilton: Watercolors and Drawings: Imagined and Real

Thursday, September 3, 2015-Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Meet the Artist: Sunday, Sept., 13, 2015 | 1-3pm

Whether the medium is watercolor or monochrome, the process of creating the work involves applying many layers to create an image. In watercolor, it’s a combination of washes, glazes and dry brush. In monochrome works, graphite, carbon and charcoal, the process of layering involves applying, smearing, erasing, and re-applying until a satisfactory combination of contrast, value and texture are achieved.

About the artist
Jac Tilton is a former art educator and has held various management positions in advertising, marketing, graphic design and web development during his career.

He has worked almost exclusively in watercolor for most of his career, but recently has added non-representational works in graphite, carbon and charcoal to his portfolio.

Tilton’s drawings have been in included in the Strokes of Genius: Best of Drawing series, volumes 2, 4, 5 and 6 and his watercolor, “Waiting for the CTA”, received Best of Show honors at the Illinois Watercolor Society’s 29th National Juried Exhibition. His watercolors and drawings are in private collections in the U.S and Canada and a signature member of the Illinois Watercolor Society and a former member of the Board of Directors and Signature Member of the Iowa Watercolor Society. Jac is a member of the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society.

Artist Statement
I have a fascination with “rust, ruin and physical collapse.” Most of the structures and objects in my watercolors and drawings have a uniqueness that only age and existence can provide. The color, texture and overall patina cannot be created artificially, but must be developed through the act of being. The results of their use, abuse, neglect or abandonment makes for very interesting subject matter.

Sometimes a chance juxtaposition is a key element in the image: a shiny bus with a derelict house and woods or a car carefully painted to emulate the Stars & Stripes and then deliberately mangled in a demolition derby.

The figurative watercolors result from capturing people in a candid moment when they are the most natural and least self-aware. Capturing people in interesting but un-posed situations requires patience, close observation and anticipation of when something visually interesting might occur. Asking someone to pose immediately creates a “what do you want me to be” situation. Capturing someone unaware provides a “this is who I am” perspective.

My non-objective drawings are essentially exercises in creating “interesting marks.” The drawings are, for the most part, process driven. They begin with little more than a general concept and proceed to the finished state based almost exclusively on what happens along