Jill is a painter who focuses on the natural landscape
As far as being creative, somedays I don't feel like I had much choice.
My mother is a true renaissance woman; she paints stunning oil landscapes, sketches, sews, quilts, knits, bakes beautiful desserts, and more. She used to make my party dresses, dolls, and doll clothes. My dad ran printing presses in a large print shop, so I always had beautiful scraps of paper to cut, tape, and glue. Most of my toys were my mother's leftover art supplies, yarn, and scissors.
I don't know if I decided to be an artist, as much as it is where I ended up. In college, I felt out of place on campus in any area that wasn't the art department. Those people with paint on their clothes and in their hair were my people. I received my BFA from the University of Montana in 2000.
I had seen an encaustic painting demo in college and had always wanted to try it. I didn't have the appropriate space with the proper ventilation until 2019, when I set up my current studio and got to work, learning encaustic.
My inspiration is the beauty of the natural world. I could paint the ocean every day for the rest of my life and never tire of subtle shifts and changes of color and texture.
I love the vibrancy of flowers and the sweetness of a cold, wet dog nose - all these things are art in their own right.