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Painting in the style of “plein air,” Bedford leaves the studio behind in exchange for natural light where she can experience transitions found in the outside world. She paints plein air the lakes, bogs and trees that create the landscapes of northern Minnesota.

Often using the motif of a window, her paintings reflect on the contrast of “inside” and “outside,” perhaps as metaphor for life as we know it and life beyond our senses.

Bedford is motivated to paint in order to bring permanence to an impermanent world. When she paints, it gives her a connection to her deceased mother, father and brother.

Her paintings represent the contradictions between the wonderful experiences versus the challenges of living on this earth.

Bedford is a prolific painter. She loves bringing joy to homes with her paintings. Victoria Donahoe of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote with praise regarding Bedford’s work in a show at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts and at the Old City Jewish Arts Center in Philadelphia.

Bedford received awards from the Cosmopolitan Club in Philadelphia, the Tyme Gallery of Havertown, PA and the Temple Beth Or in Springside, PA. Early on in her career she won the Rowland Rice Memorial Prize at the Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial in Pennsylvania. Her paintings hang in homes in Germany, Sweden, South Africa and the United States.

Bedford frequently donates paintings to various organizations to be auctioned at fundraising events including Loving Arms Mission in Nepal, a New Church project for Kenyan orphans, and the Cheltenham Center for the Arts.

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Gillian Bedford

Gillian Bedford