Jill Dickey poses next to her painting, “Green Lake” at a reception at the Manlius Historical Society on Jan. 17.
Manlius Jill Dickey finds inspiration in the places she knows best. And that’s why many of her paintings are of landscapes around Central New York. Dickey, a Fayetteville native, prefers to paint scenes right here in the Eastern suburbs of Syracuse because she feels a special connection to the area.
“I think when you paint something you know, it somehow comes out differently,” she said. “It’s more personal, because you have a connection to the spot. So if you’ve spent time in a place, I think the painting is more interesting.”
Dickey graduated from F-M in 1986 and after she completed her studies in art at Nazareth College, she returned to the area and hasn’t found a reason yet to leave. During college, she found a job working in a local frame shop. Right around the time she graduated, a full time position opened up and she began her career as a framer. Eventually, she worked her way up to a management position, and then in 1996, she opened the Rose Cottage in Fayetteville. Her store does custom picture framing and has a gift shop and Dickey said she couldn’t be happier about the success she’s had in Fayetteville.
During this time, she stopped painting for a while and once her business became more established, she dove back in. Dickey considers herself an artist as well as a businesswoman- and considers her business to be an “artistic expression”- she sells some prints and originals of her work right in the shop.
She began painting landscapes from Kennebunkport, Maine – a town she visits each summer for vacation. But recently, Dickey realized that there was a plethora of great scenes right around here that she felt a connection to.
“I thought, ‘Jeez, I should look locally, there’s all these gorgeous landscapes right here!’ Which is what I want to focus on – landscapes. I feel drawn to landscapes but I don’t know why.”