Artist’s Statement

Gillian Bedford is a versatile artist who paints in water color, oils and acrylics. She uses watercolor for small studies on water color paper and then later paints oil on canvas or acrylic on canvas from them. For the last year Bedford has used acrylics because she has been on the road, across America, painting scenes from Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona and in her studio in Huntingdon Valley, PA.

Other times when making artwork Bedford draws directly on the canvas and builds up her paintings. Using acrylic paint has helped the artist be able to change up what she is doing quickly so that there can be better and better iterations before she settles on her final painting. The paintings, full of color and emotion have an expressive quality and an abstract nature, yet usually refer to an image or scene. She is an artist who has deftly described loud and quiet passion, thereby developing her own style and original body of work.

Bedford is from a very artistic family dating back to Daniel Burnham, who was the chief architect designing the city of Chicago after the great fire in the 1860s. At Bryn Athyn College, Bedford studied social science and history. Later, she studied painting at Tyler School of Art and began to develop her signature style in understanding human emotion in her paintings. While each painting “speaks for itself,” there is an underlying significance that describes the style and quality of her work.



  • Bachelors of Fine Arts, Painting, Magna cum Laude, 1987 – 1991
    Temple University, Tyler School of Art , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Associates of Arts, Humanities, Magna cum Laude, 1985 – 1987
    Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Continuing Education

  • The Business of Art, 2015, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • Drawing Class, 2004
    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • Figure and Landscape Painting, 1996 – 2007
    Abington Art Center, Abington, PA
  • Various Classes, 2007-Present
    Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
  • Landscape and Abstract Painting, 1992 – 1993
    Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Group Shows

  • Regional Juried Spring Open, APRIL – MAY 2019
    Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
  • Duo Show, 2018
    Orchard Artworks, Bryn Athyn, PA
  • MamaCITA Summer, 2018
    Salus University, Elkins Park, PA
  • Begin: Faith, Hope, Resilience,  2013
    Painted Bride Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Art in Bloom, 2014
    Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
  • Miss Representation, Represent, 2013
    Langman Family Gallery Space, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
  • MamaCITA Retrospective, 2013
    Pennsylvania Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA
  • Begin: Hope, Faith, Resilience, 2012
    Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Spirituality In Art, 2011
    Fine Arts Building, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
  • Three Generations Of Artists, 2011
    Orchard Artworks, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
  • Annual Awards Painting Show, 2010
    Cheltenham Center For the Arts, Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
  • ACX Juried Exhibition, 2006
    Artists Cultural Exchange, Salon Des Amis Gallery, Malvern, Pennsylvania
  • ACX Juried Exhibition, 2006
    Artists Cultural Exchange, The Tyme Gallery, Havertown, Pennsylvania
  • ACX Juried Exhibition, 2005, 2010
    Artists Cultural Exchange, The Cosmopolitan Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • ACX Juried Exhibition, 2005
    Artists Cultural Exchange, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
  • Three Together, 2005
    Academy Of The New Church, Alumni Arts Center, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
  • Abington Art Center Annual Juried Show, 2005
    Abington Art Center, Abington, Pennsylvania

Solo Shows

  • One Person Show, 2017, 2005, 2003
    Orchard Artworks, Bryn Athyn, PA
  • One Person Show, 2015
    Kol Ami Congregation, Elkins Park, PA
  • One Person Show, 2014
    Swedenborg Library, Bryn Athyn, PA
  • Memories, May 2015
    Kol Ami Gallery, Elkins Park, PA
  • Painting Through the Years, 2014
    Swedenborg Library, Bryn Athyn, PA
  • One Person Show, 2009 & 2011
    Frame House Gallery, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
  • Recent Works, Eight Paintings, September, 2008
    Holy Family University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Recent Works, Seven Paintings, May, 2005
    Orchard Artworks, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
  • Abstract Paintings,  July, 2003
    Orchard Artworks, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
  • Current Works, Twelve Paintings, 2001
    Goat Hollow Restaurant, Mount Airy, Pennsylvania
  • Invitational Student Solo Show, Ten Recent Paintings 1993
    Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Floral Interpretation, “Ruby and Friends,” Art in Bloom, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 2014
  • Featured artwork, “Ruby and Friends,” Art in Bloom event flyer, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 2014
  • Featured artwork, “Two Together #9,” Philadelphia Stories, 2013
  • Mentioned in Sculptures from Everyday Objects, Victoria Donohoe, The Inquirer, 2012
  • Merit Award-Third Prize, Artists Cultural Exchange, Cosmopolitan Club, 2009
  • Second Prize, Artists Cultural Exchange, The Tyme Gallery, 2006
  • Merit Award–Third Prize, Artists Cultural Exchange, Temple Beth Or, 2005
  • Rowland Rice Memorial Prize, Samuel Fleischer Art Memorial, 1993


In addition to the greater Philadelphia area, Gillian Bedford paintings are held in private collections in California, Illinois, New Hampshire, Sweden, Germany, and South Africa.