About Me

Me-and-SteveHi, I’m Jill.

Thanks for stopping by. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and let me tell you a little bit about myself.

I’m an artist, interior design lover, gardener, and cook. I’m on a quest to learn how to paint using watercolors and I’m documenting my progress and sharing my results and other creative endeavors on this blog. You’ll find inspiration, design ideas, and tips here, plus plenty of good things to eat! I hope you’ll follow along.

Here are a few additional tidbits about me:

  • I’m a professional artist with over 20 years of experience. I’m just learning how to paint with watercolors. It’s more challenging than I thought, but it’s fun and relaxing.
  • I first became interested in art when I was nine years old.
  • I tried to emulate my father, who used to sit at the kitchen table with me and draw pictures. I’d ask him to draw dogs. I’d name a breed of dog, and he’d do his best to draw it for me. One evening I asked him to draw a beagle. He drew a bugle with a beagle’s head coming out of one end of the trumpet and a tail coming out of the other end. I giggled and said, “Dad, I asked you to draw a beagle, NOT a bugle!” I miss him.
  • My sixth grade teacher, Don Morris, thought I had talent and he encouraged me to pursue art as a career. I took his advice and became an artist. Thank you, Mr. Morris!
  • I’m a huge animal lover. I currently have five dogs and two horses. I used to volunteer at a local animal rescue. Four of my dogs used to be homeless. Now they are loved and cherished beyond measure. You’ll see lots of photos of them throughout my blog.
  • I’m one of seven children. I have five brothers and one sister. We are a close knit group of siblings and we love spending time together. Check out our family paint-a-thons here and here.
  • My daughter is my best friend. I’m blessed to have her in my life. I love our evening painting sessions and sharing her work on my blog. Check out her awesome artwork here and here.
  • I’m a homebody at heart. There’s nothing I like better than nesting and creating a beautiful home environment for my family. I’m a seasoned DIYer and enjoy tweaking my indoor and outdoor spaces to reflect my own unique style. Check out my new home tour.

If you have any questions or want to inquire about my work, email me here:

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All of the artwork, photography, and content on this blog are protected under US Copyright Law and may not be reproduced or used without express written consent from the blog owner. To obtain permission or for licensing information email afternoonartist@gmail.com.

25 Comments on About Me

  1. catpope
    August 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm (5 years ago)

    Your illustrations are wonderful! I am new to watercolor, but I am loving it so far. Following!

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    • afternoonartist
      August 23, 2012 at 11:47 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you for your comments and for following my blog. I’m new to watercolor, too. I’m finding this medium challenging and fun!

      Reply
  2. Mary Dreamsculptor
    August 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm (5 years ago)

    Your watercolor paintings are very beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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    • afternoonartist
      August 29, 2012 at 3:38 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Mary. And thank you for following my blog.

      Reply
  3. loreconde
    October 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm (5 years ago)

    Hello! Thank you for liking my post :) I appreciate it :)

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    • afternoonartist
      November 13, 2012 at 6:44 am (5 years ago)

      You’re welcome. I’m enjoying your blog.

      Reply
  4. Stefano
    November 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm (5 years ago)

    Thank you for following our blog and liking my wine-related post, Jill: much appreciated!
    You have a very nice blog and make very tasteful, dreamy illustrations: good job!
    Take care

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    • afternoonartist
      November 13, 2012 at 6:47 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Stefano. I love your blog, too

      Reply
  5. shreejacob
    November 18, 2012 at 12:46 am (5 years ago)

    Hello! I stumbled onto your blog from another blog! I really like your art work …the coloured pencil drawing of the little bird with the cherries was amazing!! :D

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    • afternoonartist
      November 18, 2012 at 1:55 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you. I need to get busy and finish that drawing.

      Reply
  6. Julianne
    November 21, 2012 at 9:10 am (5 years ago)

    beautiful illustrations! so glad I stumbled upon your space – I’ll be following!

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  7. Francesca
    December 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi Jill. I do apologize! It took me so long to get back to you. I owe you a reply about my suggestion how to cook your mushroom fettuccine. I thought about it and that’s how I would cook them. Put some butter and some shallot in a big skillet and cook until the shallot softens. In non-stick pot, put some heavy cream, a pinch of salt, ground black pepper and nutmeg (to taste) and, when the cream is hot, add shredded cheese (preferably fontina) and whisk until you obtain a creamy mixture. Cook the fettuccine al dente, drain them, put them in the skillet and toss to coat. Add the hot cheese sauce and toss to coat.
    Put the fettuccine into the serving plates and dust the top of each plate with grated Parmesan cheese and some freshly minced parsley.
    Hope this help. Xx

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    • afternoonartist
      December 7, 2012 at 3:33 am (5 years ago)

      Wow, that sounds fabulous. Can’t wait to try it. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks so much!

      Reply
    • afternoonartist
      January 31, 2013 at 1:33 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you for the nomination. I humbly accept the award.

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      • sagedoyle
        January 31, 2013 at 2:16 am (5 years ago)

        You’re welcome :)

        Reply
  8. moontoefairy
    March 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Jill~ Just stopping by to thank you for the likes on my posts! What a nice surprise this morning to find the notifications in my email box! Happy Easter. Have a magical day!

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