Art is Everywhere.
And Everywhere is Art.

Painted Desert - Oil and Cold Wax Paintings

Experiencing Art is a process

Experiencing Art is a lens to see the world in alternative ways

Experiencing Art is a way of clarifying

Experiencing Art is a way of problem solving

Experiencing Art is a way of seeing what you are feeling in your mind and body

- Jill Lawrence

About
Pencil Pine Studio

When I moved to the mountains my cabin had #2 pencil color doors and molding throughout the home. The cabin sits in a place of Ponderosa Pine trees.  I began making lists, recording ideas to design a studio building, using a #2 pencil. I thought what a perfect name for the studio – Pencil Pine Studio.

I believe art in any form, visual art, performance art, music, poetry, reading/writing, storytelling, is of great benefit for everyone. The process of making art, or the process of experiencing art in any of these forms, can help clarify what you are feeling in your body and experiencing in your life. It can be a way of problem solving. It can be seeing and understanding from a different perspective.

 My vision for you is that what you see on this website will invite you to think about art in a new way.

Elk in cabin front yard - Pine, Arizona

How did I start making art

When I was in my 40’s I found myself in a hard lonely place. I felt like I was falling into a black hole. I didn’t know what to do or what would help. One afternoon I listened to an interview on NPR that changed my life. An artist was talking about what she saw as the whole purpose of art – insight – or the way of seeing with new eyes and understanding. She described art making as a process, not making a product. It’s a way of processing your experiences in life. It’s a way of clarifying a reaction, or a feeling, you cannot quite understand. It’s a way of problem solving.

I went to the hardware store and bought a container of black paint. I traced a big circle on a white board and painted it black. I placed the image on a table where I could see it. To this day I cannot explain in words what that meant to me or why it helped. I only know it did. That hardware store black hole sent me on a journey that continues to this day. I found the wonder of art making and came through that hard lonely place to a different way of being. Something as simple as drawing a circle on a canvas, painting it black to represent the black hole I felt I was falling into, gave me a way to look at what I was experiencing with new eyes. I could see what I was feeling in my mind and my body! For more about this see the Art Therapy section on this site.

My work

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PAINTING

Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface. The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used. In art, the term painting describes both the act and the result of the action.

Mosaic Art

A mosaic is a pattern or image made of small irregular (or irregular pieces) of material. The material can be glass, stone, tile, fabric (think quilting), paper, or found objects. The pieces are arranged and fixed in place and then sewn, grouted, or covered by clear glass or an art fixative.

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FIBER ART

Fiber art refers to fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn.It focuses on the materials and on the manual labor on the part of the artist as part of the works' significance, and prioritizes aesthetic value over utility.

“Your Art Should Tell The Story Of Who You Are And Be A Collection Of What You Love

Jill’s Grand Daughters Sky and Reese, Oil Painting

Self Portrait, Watercolor collage

Stellar Jays, Oil Painting