Jill McFarlane

Jill is a Scottish born artist who lives and works in the picturesque Mornington Peninsula.  She completed an honours degree in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland before moving to Australia where she has since exhibited professionally in commercial and public galleries.  Jill has been successful in being shortlisted for many of Australia's major art prizes and gained recognition for her portrait of the actress Justine Clarke which was a finalist in the 2014 Salon Des Refuses for The Archibald Portrait Prize.


Jill's work displays a passion for the human figure, colour, painterly movement and narrative.  The paintings frame the aesthetics and ideals of family life and femininity within an atmosphere  of escapism and story telling.  Symbolist imagery and motifs decorate the canvas.  Jill is inspired by the colours of the rainbow, the beauty or unease of a landscape or space and snapshots from nature and everyday life.  She likes the idea of art embracing beauty and enjoys dressing her work with contemporary and vintage styling.