Jylian Gustlin is a rara avis: a rare bird, an unusual person. Her complex and layered paintings give glimpses into a process that moves with great facility between right brain and left brain. The works draw us in with their rich patterns of shape and color and lead us to an ambiguous landscape where figures stand, sit or dance within the charged atmosphere created by the artist. Jylian is a true bay area painter in a contemporary redefining of what that means. Raised in the San Francisco area and shaped by the technology explosion of Silicon Valley, Gustlin brings a new sensibility to Bay Area figuration. With her background in computer science and mathematics, she has a heightened understanding of how studying patterns and layers on the computer screen helps her to lay down the bones of a painting while remaining loose enough to maintain an organic and painterly presence.