Jill’s subject matter has, for many years, been metaphorical. She uses the Garden of Eden as a metaphor for the lush beauty of life, and the presence of various insects and creatures, to signal the presence of unanticipated perils and/or pleasures, which frequently interrupt our plans for our lives.
Her solo show, The Many Faces of Eve (WAG 2015), explored ideas around various women of note, both real and fictional, and their individual and unique gardens of Eden. Her glance was admiring, affectionate, and humorous. Her show Memoirs, which featured paintings of flowers at every stage of their life, was an acknowledgement that beauty can be found at the beginning, the middle, and the end of one’s life cycle.
She is an admirer of the 17th century Dutch school known as Vanitas painting, with its complex, floral still-lifes that incorporate objects from the natural world – stones, seashells, butterflies, salamanders, beetles, in addition to the exuberant, elaborate bouquets. Behind this celebration of flora and fauna is the undercurrent, which warns us of life’s transitory nature. Ultimately death comes to everything, life and beauty are fleeting.