this time last year, i visited the studio of athens-based artist jill biskin on assignment for a magazine article about her work.
biskin's studio is behind her home, in a separate building that she built a few years ago and designed especially for the work she does. biskin paints for herself and others, and specializes in murals and faux painting, and, in her personal work, egg tempera. i loved seeing all of her old world tools and learning more about her techniques…while i was there, she burnished some silver leaf on a panel that she was preparing. she also rolled out some of her larger canvases, that she has painted over the years for different theatrical productions, many of them from when she worked for years as a scenic painter for the metropolitan opera in new york.
nowadays, biskin often collaborates with interior designers based in a atlanta and elsewhere on interior spaces that utilize her unique techniques, and she continues to work on her own work as well. jill is another example of the wide range of artists that choose to call athens home.
photographs and words by rinne allen