Zoë Tilley Poster

First Name: 
Zoë
Last Name: 
Tilley Poster
Artist Medium: 
Painting
Artist Image: 
Zoë Tilley Poster, Frog Hollow Artist, VT Illustrator
Artist Statement: 
Zoë Tilley Poster is a graphite artist and illustrator, a pusher of pencils, a scratcher, a smudger, a lover of gray and its many shades. She lives on ten acres in Corinth, Vermont with her husband and a wide array of other wild creatures.

Zoë Tilley Poster lives in a thicket. She enjoys scrambling through the underbrush, allowing tales of beast and bramble to build in her mind. Back in the studio, she picks the thorns from her hair and gets busy putting pencil to paper. Zoë's drawing sessions begin with quick sketches and value studies, exploring the angles and curves of her subjects and the balance of lights and darks needed for a successful composition. The final drawing is a slow process of layering pencil marks and graphite powder, and using kneaded and white erasers to create light. Eventually, a character or landscape emerges clearer on paper than it was in her mind, and Zoe feels a bit like she's shaking paws with an old friend. Zoë is self-taught. For her, the learning process is part determination and part observation (of her surroundings as well as the art of others), but mostly practice - working through self-doubt and beyond drawings-gone-wrong, to emerge with a picture she is pleased with.  

Artist Town: 
Corinth