In 2006 Jill decided to move from her textile design business and turn to painting, something that had been on the wish list since she was a teenager. In 1967 - 1968 she won a working scholarship at the then Laguna Beach School os Art and Design. Those two years were followed by marriage and children and a different path and it was a long loop to get back to the passion of painting. She has won prizes at the San Juan County Fair, WA for her work in 2007 and 2008, and has shown her work at The Robert Back Gallery in San Anselmo. This year she participated in the Marin Open Studios, which was a great community experience. Jill has studied with Marsha McAllister in Friday Harbor, WA and in the last few years taken several workshops with Marin County artist Timothy Horn.

I’ve always been passionate about art, and spent many years working at Waterworks Gallery in Friday Harbor, as well as the Robert Beck Gallery in San Anselmo. I’m happily painting myself now and putting all of those years of observation to work. I would say the natural world is my muse and I spend a lot of time walking in nature, photographing, painting, or just enjoy the beauty of it. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such a diverse environment in Marin County, home of so many talented artists, and endless painting possibilities.
- Jill Trear