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Emerging Atlanta-Area Artist Introduces Unique Ethnic Jigsaw Puzzle Line


Addressing a diversity void in the jigsaw puzzle industry offerings, artist Brenda Hillman transitions her limited edition original artwork into puzzles that when assembled, are suitable to matt, frame, and display as treasured wall art.

Creating more ethnic images for jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts to enjoy, Atlanta, GA area artist/pencil colorist, Brenda Hillman has transformed four of her extraordinary original artwork images into puzzles. Hillman introduced her Jigsaw Puzzle brand Thursday, November 19, 2009 at the 37th Annual Conference of the National Alliance of Black School Educators at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Now available online at, Hillman’s four beautifully-illustrated puzzles arrived on the market in time for Christmas and Kwanzaa holiday gift-giving and Black History Month observations. Each of the puzzle titles consists of 513 pieces that result in a 15“ X 22” image when completed – $22.99 each.

The artist has wanted for a number of years to release a puzzle line of her images. “I wanted to use my own artwork to address a void and fill the need for more diversity and availability of African American images in the form of jigsaw puzzles,” said Hillman. The artist continued, ”Puzzles are a great vehicle for exposing children and youth to ethnically-sensitive learning activities and foster inclusion among a diverse student population.”

Puzzle assembling has long been an affordable family recreational activity. It is also a proven source of enjoyment for senior citizens, and is often recommended by medical professionals in providing therapeutic and rehabilitative benefits to their patients. Hillman envisioned her jigsaw puzzle art form would be utilized in recreational, educational and therapeutic settings – suitable for retailing in bookstores, art galleries, ethnic product stores, and perhaps soon in mainstream retail outlets.

Hillman’s works have been categorized as primitive folk and ethnic fine art, generally focused on the African American female, but also includes the African American male and broad age ranges. Her works include colored pencil renderings, acrylic and mixed media, and are available for purchase as Originals, Limited Editions, Giclees, and now as unique jigsaw puzzles.

After researching the industry, Hillman found very few African American puzzles available in mass retail outlets. The absence of these images in stores opens the door to artists like Brenda to introduce her artwork to the broader spectrum of puzzle enthusiasts who also appreciate ethnic art.


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