Photo taken by Deone Jahnke on location at American Science & Surplus.
Jill holds MA and MFA degrees in painting and drawing, but enthusiastically embraces a variety of media to help her explore themes related to natural history and an off-jolly take on story-telling. These days, Jill is often in her studio making jewelry. All media are fair game, including: glass, enamel, polymer, resin, metals, wire, beeswax, and more. Borrowing from her background in painting, printmaking, and book arts, Jill makes wearable pieces that pair traditional materials with not-so-conventional materials (think fossilized camel tooth). Finally, a purpose for that cabinet of curiosities she’s been adding to since she found her first fossil!
A native Wisconsinite, Jill lives in the metro-Milwaukee area with her husband, Jerry, who indulges her tendency to turn every room of their home into studio space.