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Gillian Bedford


Gillian Bedford is a versatile artist who paints in watercolor, oils and acrylics. She uses watercolor for small studies on watercolor paper and then later paints oil on canvas or acrylic on canvas from them. For the last year Bedford has used acrylics because she has been on the road, across America, painting scenes from Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona and in her studio in Huntingdon Valley, PA. Other times when making artwork Bedford draws directly on the canvas and builds up her paintings. Using acrylic paint has helped the artist be able to change up what she is doing quickly so that there can be better and better iterations before she settles on her final painting. The paintings, full of color and emotion have an expressive quality and an abstract nature, yet usually refer to an image or scene. She is an artist who has deftly described loud and quiet passion, thereby developing her own style and original body of work. Bedford is from a very artistic family dating back to Daniel Burnham, who was the chief architect designing the city of Chicago after the great fire in the 1860s. At Bryn Athyn College, Bedford studied social science and history. Later, she studied painting at Tyler School of Art and began to develop her signature style in understanding human emotion in her paintings. While each painting ?speaks for itself,? there is an underlying significance that describes the style and quality of her work.