Hi! My name is Jill Brinser.
Hermione is my little buddy, our rescue cat. I lightheartedly told some of my former co-workers that I was going to start painting under the name, "Hermione Paints". That she would have her own instagram and that's exactly what I ended up doing!
I like to surround myself with color, sunlight, art, music, good friends and family, cappuccinos, chocolate, fine wine and my cat—things that make me smile. I'm painting because I enjoy it, and because life is short and why not!? It's fun and I don't take it too seriously. Some may think art is not necessary, but my hope is that it makes people happy.
I graduated with a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and worked for nearly 30 years as a graphic designer/art director in advertising. Sadly, the agency I was working for closed its doors in February of 2018. But I feel very fortunate, a "door opened" for me to pursue a long-forgotten passion for fine art, thanks to my supportive husband!
I took private art lessons when I was very young and I attended the Governor's School for the Arts in high school. In college, my favorite memory was the four hour drawing classes every Friday. I never had any formal painting instruction except for some brief sessions at a local art association.
After years of being in the creative industry, the last thing I wanted to do at the end of the day was come home and draw or paint. Funny how it took losing my job to get back to what I really wanted to do in the first place! Years of doing graphic design has definitely influenced my painting—or "designs"—whichever you prefer. I guess it makes sense that my original acrylic paintings combine my "graphic" style with photo-realism.
My ideal process is to photograph my subjects and then paint from the photograph. I'll take numerous photos, experiment with lighting and props and narrow down my choices, eliminate some more and eventually choose "the one." I've even photographed the room and photoshopped in the reference photograph so I can see if it's the right size and orientation so there's no surprises! The fun comes in with the interpretation from real life to canvas.
Since late August I have completed over 85 paintings. There are a lot of subjects and styles I intend to explore and I have a lot to learn. I hope you enjoy looking at my paintings, that maybe they will stir a good memory or simply make you smile. And of course, Hermione is there for all of it, critiquing my work!