Born in Richmond, Virginia 1946 to a British Mother and first generation American Father, who met during the Second World War. The family returned to the UK in the early 1950's, to Essex where Jill's maternal grandparents lived. Jill was educated in Essex and at Benenden School, Cranbrook, Kent
In the 1960's Jill spent 2 years at Colchester Art School where John Nash and Edward Bawden taught, followed by 3 years at The Central School of Art & Design, Holborn, London. She worked as an in-house designer for various publishers before becoming freelance and collaborated with her husband the artist Martin Leman on the design/research and writing of many books of his paintings.
Jill's paintings have been shown in many mixed exhibitions in London, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition and The Curwen Gallery Figurative Painting Competition.
She has also had four one man shows in London and Suffolk.
Her paintings are currently showing in galleries in Norfolk, Hampshire, Cornwall, Bath & London
Jill exhibits regularly with The Royal Watercolour Society at Bankside Gallery - she is the current President. She is a member of the RBA and exhibits annually with them at the Mall Gallery.
"My paintings are of things I like and have around me - flowers, plants, cats, textiles, china and other bits and bobs.
Flowers are often the starting point - their shapes and colours are so exciting. Drawing is very important to me - I was so lucky to be able to learn from John Nash and Edward Bawden at Colchester Art School in the 60's. Using acrylic & watercolour I try to create works that are colourful, fresh and uplifting for people to hang on their walls and enjoy."
The Curwen Gallery
The Russell Gallery,Putney
The John Russell Gallery
The RONA Gallery,London
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition