Hailey “Charlie” Gill is an artist from northern Oklahoma who has graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BFA in Studio Art. They primarily fo- cus on illustrations using watercolor, color pencil, and digital mediums.
Their work normally focuses on people in their “costume” showing the many outfits and “hats” we wear in our lives. Gill focuses on storytelling with their illustrations to show a timeline of actions and reactions.
When Gill isn’t working on illustrations they work for the Oklahoma Army National Guard as a social worker. So they are taking their experience with the National Guard and trying to showcase that the guardsmen are simply doing their job, and are people as well beneath their intimidating uniforms. This particular series of watercolor paintings, "Flowers on JFK Boulevard" Part 1 and 2, showcase the peaceful protests in Philadelphia where even the most peaceful protests can be met with authority, and backlash for ac- tions. Starting with the simple actions of giving the soldier a sun flower, be- ing arrested for crossing the barrier into “no man's land”, and the flowers lying alone and abandoned in the street between the two side of conflict.
Part 3 of the series will be completed soon.
Item does not exceed 20" x 20"