artist's statement



Jillian is a contemporary abstract painter living in Cary, North Carolina. She attended the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she completed a BA in Art Education. After emigrating to the Southern US with her family, she created children's art schools under license to Monart, as well as founding summer camps for gifted children at Queens University in Charlotte.

Since retiring in 2006, Jillian has enjoyed painting and mixed media in her sunny home studio. 

Why I Paint

In 1819 John Keats wrote "Ode on a Grecian Urn." His conclusion resonates with me today. I believe in the power of art to move people; to add joy to our lives, and to offer us insight into the universal  human unconscious. I believe that authentic art, in any form, rises above and beyond the pettiness of time and place, and speaks to a  human yearning for beauty. 

From "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

"When old age shall this generation


Thou shalt remain, in midst of 

other woe

Than ours, a friend to man, to

whom thou sayst,

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,"-

that is all

Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

Selected recent Exhibitions


Group show Triangle Visual Artists Litmus Gallery Raleigh NC

Solo Show Pigfish Antiques Raleigh NC 


 Juried Show Corridors Artspace Raleigh NC

Two Woman Show Upfront Gallery Artspace Raleigh NC 


  Three Woman Show Village Art Circle Gallery Cary NC

Juried show: Maria Howard Center for the Arts, Honorable Mention 



Three Woman Show Village Art Circle Gallery Cary NC

Juried Show Carolina’s Got Art, Elder Gallery, Charlotte NC

Invited Solo Show, Wake County Library, Downtown Raleigh 



Juried Show: North Carolina Museum Art of the Auction 

Juried Show: Fine Arts League of Cary Annual Juried Show

Juried Show: North Ridge Country Club

Juried Show: Maria Howard Center for the Arts National Juried Show

Solo Show, guest artist Roundabout Art Collective Raleigh NC

Solo Show, invited artist North Ridge Country Club

Group Show, Chromazone group, Durham Art Guild



Juried Show: North Carolina Museum Art of the Auction 

Juried Show: Raleigh Fine Art Society

Juried Show: Cary Visual Arts Quartet

Juried Show: Junior League of Raleigh

Solo Show Chatham Hill Winery Morrisville NC