Jill Colquhoun was born in 1963 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. She grew up in south Cumbria and studied fine art textile design and painting at Goldsmiths College, London. Prior to this, she trained at Lancaster and Cleveland schools of Art and Design, where she won a prestigious Royal Society of Arts Bursary award for textile design. The main emphasis of Jill’s work is light, pattern, and movement in nature. To achieve this, she has developed a novel method of combining wax resist batik techniques with acrylic paint. The resulting paintings are unique in style and rich in colour.
She also works in mixed media, using watercolour with other mediums, such as oil pastels, soft pastels, charcoal and inks, to produce contrasting texture and detail in her work. Jill draws inspiration from the flower-rich meadows and verges of the Yorkshire Dales, and the windswept coastal landscapes and woodlands of south Cumbria and north Lancashire, where she lives and works.
Jill has exhibited her paintings at many exhibitions and galleries, including the Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh, Troubadour Gallery, Manchester, The Lake Artists Society summer exhibition, The Gavagan Art Gallery, Settle, Artroom Gallery, Garstang and is a regular exhibitor at the Silverdale Art Trail.
Jill regularly paints to commission and also runs drawing and painting classes for adults close to her studio in Yealand Conyers, near Carnforth.