Jillian Furman

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My fascination with using found objects as a medium to create art began in grade school. I  carved faces and animals out of Dial soap, made baskets with pine needles and fashioned necklaces out of wire and clay. When I was 12, the drill set I received as a Hanukkah gift set my course as an artist and jewelry designer.

Growing up in Colorado gave me the opportunity to explore Mother Nature in a meaningful and experiential way. When I moved to Tacoma, WA in 2007, driftwood, shells and sea glass became a good source of inspiration for sculptural assemblages.

After facing personal life challenges in 2016, I started experimenting with paint. Using my hands and fingers, in addition to brushes and other textural objects, I allow the canvas to become a therapeutic tool. Each piece offers a kaleidoscope of intense abstract art that conveys my thoughts and emotions.