A portrait by Jill Cohen
A portrait by Jill Cohen

The Art & Spirit Coffeehouse presents a program with portrait painter Jill Cohen on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M Street SW in Washington, DC.

After 30 years with a studio in Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory, Jill Cohen estimates she’s painted hundreds of portraits and shown her work in numerous shows and exhibitions. Married with two small children, she wanted to continue the art career she’d started with her degree from the University of Illinois. Her interest in portraiture seemed to provide the answer. Pastel and watercolor were manageable media and these projects were often pre-sold. She never looked back. Recent changes at the Torpedo Factory led Ms. Cohen to close her studio there, and she’s taking it a little easier now, but still painting. She’ll show examples of her work and talk about the technique of the portrait painter.

Working mostly from photographs, she enjoys this part of the process and has recently been enthusiastically working in Landscape photography.

Come and join us for an evening of wonderful stories and some insight into this elusive art form.

The Southwest Episcopal Church’s Art & Spirit Coffeehouse series opens on the first Wednesday of each month to showcase local artists in their various media as they perform and share how their faith, art and social worldview intersect, according to the Rev. Martha Clark, Priest-in-Charge at St. Augustine’s. Donations will be accepted to help provide honoraria for the guest artists. Contact rector@staugustinesdc.org, 202-554-3222 or visit www.staugustinesdc.org for further information.

By Elaine F. Graves

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