Originally from Central Ohio and painting at the early age of five, Jillís artistic desire became evident quickly. Growing up in rural surroundings, she was influenced by the rich colors and ever-changing scenery of the landscapes, weather and wildlife of the midwest.
By the age of 17, she had become a well-known artist in her community near Zanesville, Ohio through her artistic achievements, including airbrushing vans, motorcycles, and other vehicles. She also was painting on canvas, wood, stone, slate, furniture and walls.
After high school, Jill attended the prestigious Columbus College of Art Design where she majored in Advertising Design.
A 30-year career in advertising, graphic design and the printing industry has awarded her years of experience in marketing, special events and promotions.
Jill is now inspired by the landscapes, weather and surroundings of Southern California, where she is fascinated by the play of light and shadows. Painting objects in still-life settings, where controlling the light and set up also provide an ongoing appeal and challenge. Her favorite media is acrylic because of its brilliant color and flexibility.
Whether she is painting large wall murals or on small canvas, the process and journey of creating and applying paint never ceases to amaze, entertain and inspire her on to greater challenges.
As Colony Manager of the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula, she is involved in the local art scene and has the distinct privilege of meeting artists, writers, musicians and other creative individuals from all over the world who reside at Dorland for their secluded working retreats.
A well-know personality and fixture in the Temecula Valley, she has recently moved to the high country of Anza, California where the elevation provides more big sky and far-reaching views of the rugged and vibrant terrain.
Jill is also a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and enjoys riding horses with her family.