Featured Artist Muffy Clark Gill

Enjoy the fascinating portfolio of artist Muffy Clark Gill, who creates batik paintings on silk inspired by world travel. See more by visiting her website.


batik on silk water painting

“Agua XXIII Fading Memories” batik on silk, 24″ x 36″


My art stems from my lifelong love of travel. The encounters I have experienced meeting people, seeing new places and learning about new cultures has translated itself into photography, mixed media, and the ancient wax and dye resist painting process known as batik.


Batik painting of Balinese women

“Bali Selfie” batik on silk, 32″ x 40″


My interest in batik came from a visit to the African nation of Uganda when I was in high school. My mother and I were traveling with her friend. We visited her family, doctors working in a hospital for the National Institute of Health in Kampala hoping to find a cure for a form of cancer.


Wash day scene in St. Lucia created with rozome wax resist

“Wash Day: St. Lucia” batik on silk, 26″ x 34″


Her daughter traveled with us around the country on safari and took us to an exhibition of batik arts and crafts. When I returned home, I taught myself and my local Girl Scout troop about the batik process.


Batik artwork semi abstract painting

“Heat Rises” batik on silk, 30″ x 40″


I later attended Morris County, New Jersey Vo-Tech to learn commercial art. This was followed by a degree in Graphic Design from Boston University.


batik painting of a colorful house

“Pink and Green House” batik on silk, 18″ x 24″


After college graduation I briefly worked as an advertising artist for two suburban Boston newspapers. This led to a 30-year career in advertising sales for print, radio, TV, and public media. I retired to creating art full-time in 2011.


wax resist painting of a building in Havana, Cuba

“Wash Day: Habana Viejo” batik on silk, 43″ x 30″


Since then, I have won many awards, taught batik workshops, and was accepted as a Master Silk Painter by Silk Painters International (SPIN). Several of my batik paintings are in public art collections around the state of Florida and I had a solo exhibition in the 22nd floor art gallery in the Florida State Capitol building.


Batik painting of Havana, Cuba

“Wash Day: Havana Balconies” batik on silk, 24″ x 36″


I’ve always been fascinated by all things Japanese, which resulted in two trips to Japan to participate in art workshops. I am particularly fond of indigo and using Japanese paper products in mixed media art pieces.


mixed media art on fabric abstract

“Shibuya Rain” mixed media, 18″ x 35.5″


Presently I sit on the boards of Silk Painters International and the National Association of Women Artists, Florida Chapter, as Vice/President of Exhibitions. I am also a member of the Collier County, Florida Public Art Committee.


batik on silk painting of an alligator in the water

“Golden Gator” batik on silk, 36″ x 24″


Recently I built a new studio home next to my present home in Naples, Florida. I’m looking forward to many years of artistic productivity in my new space.


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