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Gillian Grozier was trained at the Arts Students League in New York City and later studied painting with Anthony Toney in Katonah, NY where she was a member of the Westchester Art Society and Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild. Exhibiting works in oils, acrylics and mixed media, she won the Audubon Artists Michael M. Engels, Sr. Award and taught painting under the Chappaqua, NY Adult Education Program.

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Gillian was to follow a professional career as a writer and a poet, becoming a founding member of Lingua, a published poets’ workshop. Under the Lingua aegis, she created an illustrated epic  titled “Enki’s Flood” based on Sumerian mythology before returning full time to the visual arts in 2010.

Since that time, as a regular exhibitor in New York and Connecticut galleries and museums, Gillian won awards in 2014 and 2015 for her watercolors from the Darien Arts Center in Fairfield County, CT. She moved to Frederick in 2016.

Grozier says, “To create from raw materials where nothing has previously existed is, for the artist, an exhilarating experience. And if the resulting art work bridges the gap between the viewer and the artist’s vision, it has found its calling. Visual art is, after all, the original surviving art form.

“Portraits of animals scratched on rock and colored by primitive people are mute testimony to their yearning to live largely. So well did they understand the artist’s calling, that even today in the caves of Lascaux one can almost hear the pounding of hoofs from the bulls and bison that cover the walls. Fostering this kind of immediacy, and with many twists and turns, artists ever since have flourished in all their genres where they are sustained and supported by viewers who willingly enter into the evolving dialogue rendered through the medium of the artist’s work.”