In her own words, Jill is an illustrator, calligrapher, painter and occasional lecturer with a love of drawing, narrative, colour, ink, typography, deadlines and sketchbooks. Based in the Fife area of bonny Scotland, she manages to delight an ever-growing international cluster of clients (and fans!)
Between all of this, she generously opened up about her inspirations and process in 10 Questions with Folk & Tales.
The brilliance of Jill's art has, quite rightly, been much documented and blogged about up till now. Speaking from an individual perspective, what draws me into her illustration is the narrative element underpinning it. Jill clearly enjoys observing people, and stores up interactions that pique her interest to retell later through her commissions and personal projects. Indeed, by her own admission, she thinks in pictures, which is clear to see.
I find that each illustration communicates her acute understanding of the everyday realities she portrays. Using this, Jill is able to elevate these situations through her whimsical and colourful filter in a way that is both confronting and engaging.
Last but not least, I always enjoy seeing Jill's take on Scotland. Her depictions of cultural instances are always colourful, always fun, and always representative of their true spirit- like this one is!