Greenville, S.C. native and longtime broadcast veteran Jennifer Mills recently traded in the microphone for a paintbrush. She continues the trade of storytelling through her new medium of oil and acrylic paintings. After receiving a BA in Speech, Communication and Theater Arts from Wake Forest University in 1984, Mills spent the next three decades traversing six continents as a photographer, writer, interviewer and host for The Travel Channel, PM Magazine, Golf Channel and NBC Sports. The exciting nature of live TV carries over into her colorful artwork. Her bold paintings are vibrant and eye catching; subject matter ranges from landscapes and wildlife to local landmarks and people.
"In television, we told stories with words and video. Now, I do it with paint, canvas, and a brush," says Mills, an emerging artist who took up her new craft in 2015 and launched with a passion.
"I thrive on spontaneity. Painting offers a constant flow of ideas, decisions, passion, abandon, redirection and learning."
Honors include the 2018/2019 Betty Taylor Award/Grant for Emerging Artists and the 2018/2019 Regional Artist Project Grant. Her work has been featured in numerous publications: The Laurel Magazine of Asheville, This Week in Tryon Horse Country, and The Greenville News. Solo shows include: The Arts Council of Henderson County, Flat Rock, NC; TD Gallery, Greenville, SC; Biltmore Village, Asheville, NC; City of Greer, SC. Awards include: Best of Show, 2019 Greer Juried Arts Exhibition; 2nd place, 2018 Freedom Blast; Finalist, 2017 Bring Us Your Best, Arts Council of Henderson County; Finalist, 2017 Blue Ridge Arts Council Juried Competition; Finalist, 2016 Artisphere: Artists of the Upstate, Greenville, SC.
Galleries include: The Wrinkled Egg, Flat Rock, NC; Pea Ridge Vintiques in Landrum, SC; Tryon Painters and Sculptors and The Nest Artisan Market in Tryon, NC. See below for more information.
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