Pollard grew up on
the banks of the Maury River near Lexington,
Virginia where he fished and explored the |
surrounding farms with his grandfather. When
about seven years old, Gill happened upon a
plein air oil painter and was captivated by her
use of paint to put the nearby mountains down
on canvas. Later as a teenager, Gill began to
draw the mountains and hills on his own, and
also began using his 1903 box camera.
| Gill graduated from James Madison University |
with two bachelor degrees.
He later reflected that the class that he enjoyed
most had been Photography as an art form.
The quest for strong highlights and shadows
would later carry over into his style of painting.
After leaving the academic world he dove
headlong into corporate life and found himself creating software for medical and insurance applications and later worked on computer hardware. Gill
increasingly turned to art as a
vehicle for sanity in the high stress of life in the city. At first he embraced
photography. Later, he turned to
| || He now lives, miles from the city with his wife
and daughter. With the help of his wife
and family (and perhaps a large garden as well)
Gill hs been able to continue painting and realize |
his dream of becoming an artist.
He now combines his love of art and knowledge of computers to where he has a Linux computer at each easel and paints directly from a monitor as if still looking at the original light from when the photo was taken. He get much brighter color without the cost of printing photos as he has a paperless operation now.
Thoughts from the Artist:
'The first paintings that I did were of water, as I
loved to study the waterscapes of impressionists such as Monet,
Renoir, Sisley, and Pissarro. Some say that I am self-taught
but how could I be with such remarkable teachers? I have also
studied the American impressionists and contemporary
regional painters who are pushing painting just as the historical
artists have. My goal is to capture the essence of a view and paint
the things that made the subject interesting to me in the first place.
| || I look for places with bold highlights and|
shadows, as usually a good painting will
follow. While learning to paint, a major
breakthrough for me was learning to see
what was really there. It seems obvious but
to "see" as a serious artist or art collector is
a major leap forward. If you can see in this
manner you know what I am talking about,
as it is a lot like learning a new language. My
story about seeing is further complicated by
the way I failed every colorblind test when in
college; I must see color differently.
| I enjoy painting water and began doing views of the |
water, wading out into it to get the perspective of
what it looked like when I went fly-fishing. The colors
flickering all across the surface were ready-made brush
strokes. On those early paintings nature told me where
to put the paint. I am still learning and growing as an artist,
I enjoy it completely. It is what I am.'