"I am influenced by the way 17th century Dutch painters Jan Vermeer and Peiter de Hooch make paintings about transcendence through the activity of light, domestic spaces and precise formal relationships. My work combines some of these elements while pursuing the more directly metaphysical goals of some modernist painters, such as Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. For Newman, the canvas becomes a transformed thing, something that evokes the beyond. The painting becomes a vehicle for contemplation, for meditation."
- Jill Eggers
Jill Eggers teaches painting and coordinates the painting program at Grand Valley State University. In addition to her education in Kalamazoo and New Haven, she also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been with GVSU since 2000, and previously was Associate Professor of Painting at Wichita State University. She also taught for several years in Chicago's inner city public schools, where she established several grant-supported art programs for disadvantaged and special needs youth.
Her paintings and drawings explore, among other things, relationships between consciousness and physicality. Her work is exhibited nationally and is held in many private and public collections. She is currently working on and exhibiting a series of paintings based on dense forest landscapes in Michigan, many of which are influenced by places in the fiction and poetry of writer Jim Harrison.