Born and raised in Cape Town South Africa, Jillian attended the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town. She studied art education under Stephen DeVilliers and taught private and public school art for children for over thirty years. Jillian founded the Gifted and Talented Development Center of Charlotte, North Carolina in 1984. Through innovative summer camps, art schools and outbound arts programming in the Charlotte and Triangle NC areas, the Center served thousands of children, many of whom returned to teach in the programs as adults in later years. Jillian brought the internationally renowned Monart Drawing method to North Carolina, operating seven licensed Monart schools in Charlotte and the Triangle. She is also a certified Monart Draw and Learn teacher trainer and has conducted professional development workshops for county school systems in five states.
In recent years Jillian has returned to painting and drawing, studying acrylic paints and mixed media. Her childhood memories of growing up in a small fishing village on the South African Cape coast, inform her color choices and compositions. Her nostalgia for a land of breathtaking natural beauty, where oceans, cliffs, soaring mountains, lush valleys and endless, remote deserts are the backdrop to everyday life, prove stronger as the years go by.
In Cary, North Carolina, where she and her husband now live, she is active in several local arts organizations and groups, including the Fine Arts League of Cary, Friends of the Page Walker, Visual Arts Exchange of Raleigh, Durham Arts Guild and she is a founding member of the ChromaZones Abstract Expressionist group. She teaches adults at Cary Senior Center, Jerry's Artarama, Apex Community Center and Wake Technical College. Jillian has studied in Raleigh with Bob Burridge, Marty Baird, Leslie Pruneau and Ben Williams and at the Springmaid Watermedia Workshops with Dr. Harold Gregor and at Kanuga Watermedia with Maureen Brouillette. In 2011 Jillian was invited to create instructional DVDs on drawing skills, by Burning Oak Studios. These are distributed by Jerry's Artarama. She is represented by the Village Art Circle Gallery in Cary NC.
Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh NC, Views, January 2007
Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh NC, community exchange artist 2007-2009
FALC Annual Members Show 2008 -2011
FALC Annual Juried Show 2008, 2011, 2013
Cary Gallery of Artists, Juried Spring Shows, 2010-2011
Halle Cultural Arts, Juried show J'Adore 2011
ChromaZones Group Show, Gallery 311, Raleigh, 2010
ChromaZones Group Show, Clayton Cultural Arts Center, October 2010
ChromaZones Group Show, Port City Java, Raleigh, September 2010
ChromaZones Group Show, Cafe Catura Cary NC, December 2011
ChromaZones Group Show, Page Walker Historic Museum, Cary NC, Feb- March 2012
ChromaZones Group Show, Durham Art Guild, April 2013
ChromaZones Group Show, Gallery 311 Raleigh, April 2014
Whole Foods Market, Cary NC April 2007
Holly Springs Cultural Arts Center 2008
Garner Historic Memorial Auditorium 2007, 2009
Sosta Cafe, Raleigh 2009, 2010
Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex NC 2010
Streets of London Antiques, Cary NC 2011
Chatham Hill Winery, Cary NC, July-August 2011, 'Identity Document'
Chatham Hill Winery, Cary NC Jan-Feb. 2012, 'The Fourth Day'
Temple Beth Meyer, Raleigh NC, December 2011
North Ridge Country Club, April 2013
Juror for Visual Arts in the Raleigh Wake Senior Games, 2007, 2008
Juried into Mosaic, Duke Hospital Raleigh 2010
Juried into Landscapes at Cary Gallery of Artists, October 2010, won third place, juror Susan Sarback
Juried into Small Treasures at Cary Gallery of Artists, April 2011
Juried into North Ridge Country Club Show 2011, 2013, 2014
Juried into the Art of the Auction Gala at the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2011, 2012, 2013
Juried into the Junior League of Raleigh Art Auction, 2011, 2013
Juried into the Fine Arts League of Cary Annual Show, 2011. Honorable Mention award, 2013
Juried into the Raleigh Fine Arts Society North Carolina Artists 2011.