From the Artist
I have been blessed as an artist 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. One day while painting, I looked at the wall and realized “every surface is a canvas”. I love what I do and nourished when creating.
I often feel I have multiple personalities because I can be up on a scaffold painting and next be at the computer manipulating a font. Working with special clients, fellow artisans, designers and vendors is incredibly rewarding. 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 an enviable gift. Jil Gordon knew she was suppose to be an artist when first inspired by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. With an early concentrated art curriculum, earning a BFA degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design and studying under renowned artists and professors were fundamental to Jil’s success as a fine artist, illustrator, decorative artist and graphic designer. Her ability to effortlessly blend painting, illustration and graphic design provides a very special creative edge.
After her initial years within ad agencies, Jil established Gordon & Group Design. In 1984 she ventured west where she created 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 decorative arts, Jil’s love for realism and detail thrived. Mural and trompe l’oeil commissions and specialty faux finishes, blended of her skills for creating, “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, the demand for her graphic expertise in corporate identities, collateral development, ad campaigns and retail-specific illustration continued for clients such as American Spoon Foods, The University of Michigan, Farbman Group, Intellx Inc., and many former clients.
Walls of Wonder became FauxCreative in 2009 to express a broader spectrum in the decorative arts. With her highly-regarded strength for detail and creativity, Jil’s collaborations with numerous interior designers, architects, builders and painting firms has generated fabulous creations. But above all, she admits the greatest pleasure is not in the grandeur of completed works but the partnerships, special relationships and sincere joy created through them.
Often described as a strong-willed, high-energy, not-afraid-of-getting-dirty perfectionist, Jil credits her primary inspiration, education and support to her family and faith. She resides in Ann Arbor.