Jill’s interest in art began with photography in her early teens. She received her first camera, a Kodak Disc Camera, as a gift at the age of 13. Throughout the years she enjoyed film photography, but in the late 1990s she switched to digital photography. Once she experienced the instant gratification of seeing an image without having to wait for it to develop, she had no desire to go back to film. Around the same time, Jill began to study web and graphic design. She has been designing websites for non-profits and friends since 1998.
In 2015, Jill started oil painting and has since branched out into pastel, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. Her first experience with painting was through lessons at the Longmont Community Center. Now she is studying under a number of different professional artists in the Longmont area. Jill is pleased to be following in the tradition of her mother and grandmother who also started painting in mid-life. However, unlike her family members, Jill focuses on animals as subjects for her paintings. To her this work represents the close bond that humans share with their furry companions. “I love animals,” Jill says. “Each animal has unique personality quirks, and this is why we love them.”
Starting with her first experience developing photos and carrying through to her painting, Jill has been fascinated by variations of color and composition. With influences such as Van Gogh and Henri Matisse, Jill’s work is both bold and direct, including intense color combinations that push the bounds of reality by embracing high contrast tones in everyday life. The reason she creates this art is because “painting brings me a deep sense of peace and tranquility, especially when my subject is in harmony with nature, beauty, love, and life.”
Jill is a board member of the Longmont Artist’s Guild and is in charge of the nomination committee, newsletter, website, and social media. She is also an active member of Boulder County Arts Alliance, Arts Longmont, Firehouse Arts Center, Louisville Arts Association, and the Left Hand Artists Group.