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Jill Ogilvy

oil, encaustic, mixed media.

Born in Scotland, Jill's studies began with a classical training at the Simi School in Florence and following her return to Scotland, she began her painting career in portraiture, making charcoal drawings and oil paintings to commission. She later trained in graphics and illustration in London and worked for several years in the publishing industry as a scientific illustrator and children's book designer.

In the early nineties Jill established a residential painting school in the Languedoc region of SW France, where she welcomed many international students. She also held her first solo show, in which she exhibited landscape paintings. Later, following a move back to the UK, Jill established a studio at Wysing Arts in Cambridgeshire before moving her practice to a studio at Cambridge Artworks in 2000 where she is currently based. Jill is a registered Arts Therapist, working with the Integrative Arts and alongside her painting practice, she works with children and young people in mainstream and special education. She exhibits regularly with Cambridge Drawing Society, Cambridge Open Studios and various international Art Fairs where she is represented by the Eye Contemporary Gallery of Hong Kong.

‘My paintings and prints have long been based on the landscape and begin with the memory of a place. They are often reminiscent of coastal places in Scotland, France or Italy, where I have lived and spent many hours, walking and sketching, absorbing the spirit and atmosphere of these special places. Much of my recent landscape work was inspired by a trip to the Inner Hebridean island of Islay in early 2018.

Other work explores issues of identity and relationship, represented by the vessel in various forms. These paintings contain items with a strong personal connection or hold particular memories, marking the passage of time. I find that my art therapy work has had a significant influence on my approach and depth of thinking in the working process.'

Tea for Two
Three Together
Harbour Lights
Sea Defences
Midnight Blue
Indian Infusion
Stormy Shore
Blue Ginger Jar