Jill McLean is a Chicago based Artist working with oils on canvas, bookmaking and drawing. Having an affinity for light and beauty, she brings out these inner elements from her subject matter of memories, hopes, places and people.
Jill McLean was born in Los Angeles, CA and grew up in the beach city of Corona del Mar, CA. Her education concluded with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fine Arts at University of Oregon. Her early career included an independent communication design business. She now lives and works as a professional artist in the beautiful city of Chicago. Her works are held in private collections nationally.
“My work captures all of my mind, heart and soul. My desire is to shift viewers toward light and life, giving hope and renewal, and reminding us of the transformative power of beauty.”
Jill’s childhood was abundant with culture, discipline, and creative endeavors that a small girl cannot see as anything other than wildly imaginative. The family’s yearly travel to places in Europe, South Africa and Hawaii had the most profound impact on her as she experienced people, places and cultures so different from her own, carving within her a deeper value of humankind and life.
“Each summer we’d take these spectacular trips my mom would plan. Balloon trips in France, staying in a Scottish castle, standing on the White Cliffs of Dover in a new, handcrafted Aaron wool sweater with the stormy rain pelting on my face, lively Parisian Boulevards. One summer we traveled to South Africa where we stayed in dirt floor huts and mingled with the animals in an open jeep! I was really fortunate to gain so many emotionally charged experiences that continue to inform my work and imagination.”
The most visceral triggers that replenish her work today include nature, moments of surprising compassion in humankind, and the unfolding of life in all its splendor. Specific artists have had an indelible impact of thought, analysis and inspiration for Jill — Charles Rennie Mackintosh for process, Magritte for imagination, Richter for structure, the Pre-Raphaelites for beauty, and Renoir for light, color and form.