Jill’s Gallery Rooms
JILL WATKINS HALL began painting in oils in 2005 under the instruction of Susan Howe at Mudpies Studio in Middletown. Subject matter is varied, and a challenge is welcomed. Jill has painted her husband, children, grandchildren, and her pets, all in informal settings and situations. Shape and structure are of particular interest, as illustrated in her paintings of the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse or her husband’s Jaguar . It has been said of Jill that she likes drama. She is never at a loss for subject matter. She takes many photos and frequently runs for her camera to capture an image for a possible painting. The blending of color on the canvas is especially enjoyable to Jill. Her style would probably best be described as impressionistic rather than realistic. Her works reveal the influence of the artist Edward Hopper, who just wanted to “paint sunlight on the side of a house.”
Jill’s interest in art began later in life, after raising three children in Anchorage with her husband, Ken, and completing her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Kentucky in 1998. She has retired from her career as a college professor. A special pleasure is painting with her talented husband, Ken, and daughter, Judith Kennedy Zinner, owner of Whet Your Palette.