Jill Wilson was born in 1951 and as a young girl was educated at the Presbyterian Ladies College in Orange, where she was awarded an Advanced Pass in Art. She went on to continue her art studies in 1967, when at the age of 16, she was accepted into the National Art School at Randwick, Sydney.
Her marriage and commitments to her new family, coupled with the demands of managing her family’s farming property, meant that Jill’s artistic aspirations where delayed until 1984. However in 1979 she was able to find the time to complete a Ceramics Course at Dubbo Tafe.
By 1984, with her children now in boarding school, Jill resumed her artistic career and returned to painting and drawing. She completed a four-year part time Certificate in Fine Art and attended several Summer Schools at the University of Southern Queensland. At USQ she was tutored by the Printmaker Wim de Vos as well as the Master Printmaker Basil Hall, who passed on many printmaking skills, as evidenced in Jill’s beautiful etchings.
Since taking up art again full time, Jill’s career has gone from strength to strength and she has worked as an artist for the past twelve years, exhibiting widely throughout Australia since 1988 with showings in Queensland and New South Wales. As well as being a skilled etcher, Jill also paints in most mediums and works predominantly in oil, pastel and acrylic.
Jill has also traveled and painted overseas with trips to Italy, Greece and Turkey in 1994, which resulted in an exhibition of her work at the Dubbo Regional Gallery. In 1996, Jill lived and worked in Paris at the Cite International des Arts for two months before visiting Italy, Spain and Morocco, which brought about the creation of new work.
As well as her overseas travels, Jill has also toured Central Australia collecting information for a body of work that culminated in two solo exhibitions in 1999 where she presented paintings, drawings and prints at the Weswal Gallery in Tamworth and at the Dubbo Regional Gallery.
2000 saw Jill traveling again in Rajasthan in India and in 2002 she was artist-in-residence at the Northern Territory Craft Council. Jill returned to India again recently in 2003 and created a series of paintings for her latest exhibition, entitled “Reflections on Alice and India”.
Jill sees her work as being a direct response to her current environment and she pays particular attention to colour, pattern, texture and the sensual linear shapes of the landscape around her. Her delicate and intimate etchings are inspired by the emotions of her family and reflect a soft atmosphere of love and tenderness. To create her delicate intaglio prints etchings, Jill generally uses zinc plates.
Jill Wilson’s art continues to remain popular and her work is represented in numerous private collections in Australia, the United States of America, Canada, Japan, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Germany.