As an artist, I am blessed with the joy of doing what I was created to do. I believe there is no difference between a blank page, blank canvas, blank wall or a simple object and one day while painting a wall, I simply realized “every surface is a canvas”. I thrive on creating that which touches one visually and emotionally.
While I can be up on a scaffold painting and next be at the computer manipulating a font, the purpose is still the same. Working with special clients, fellow artisans, designers and vendors is incredibly fulfilling. I feel as if I never left the classroom because with every person and situation, I learn and expand my God-given skills. It’s a wonderful life with special people and places influencing my work.
Every day is a creative adventure. I am blessed to be able to say “I love my job”.
To know one’s purpose early in life is a gift to be envied. Jil Gordon knew she would be an artist when first inspired by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Her early creative development of a concentrated art curriculum, earning a BFA degree from the University of Michigan’s and studying under renowned artists and professors, all lead to her success as a painter, illustrator, decorative artisan and graphic designer. Her ability to effortlessly blend painting, illustration and graphic design provides a very special and valuable creative edge.
After initial experience with ad agencies, Jil established Gordon & Group Design. In 1984 she ventured west where she designed and illustrated for high-tech clients such as Atari, Hewlett Packard, Visioneer, Aradigm, Synopsys and many others in Silicon Valley. As business flourished her passion for painting resurged and in 1997, she began Walls of Wonder. Through the decorative arts, Jil’s passion for realism and detail thrived. Trompe l’oeil mural commissions and specialty faux finishes, blend her skills for her to create “Places of Distinction”.
In 2000, Jil returned to her Michigan roots where commissions expanded to exclusive developments such as Bay Harbor and private residences statewide. Simultaneously, her graphic expertise continued for creating corporate identities, collateral development, ad campaigns and retail-specific illustration for clients such as American Spoon Foods, The University of Michigan, Farbman Group, Intellx Inc., and many other clients.
Walls of Wonder became FauxCreative in 2009 to express a broader spectrum in the decorative arts. With her highly-regarded skills and strength, Jil’s collaborations with interior designers, architects, builders and painting firms have generated fabulous creations, even as far as Washington, DC. Alongside the design and decorative work, Jil’s realistic portrait commissions have remained in great demand with her ability to capture personalities and special moments.
Above all, she admits the greatest reward is not in the grandeur of the works, but in the partnerships, special relationships and sincere joy created through them.
A strong-willed, high-energy, not-afraid-of-getting-dirty artist, Jil, credits her primary inspiration, education and support to her family and faith. She resides in Ann Arbor.