A graduate of Art College at the University of Ulster, Jill spent many years working outside the arts world, before rediscovering her passion for painting.
Jill started selling a range of handcrafted items in addition to her original art mainly via her stall at the famous St George's Market in Belfast and online. Initially trading under the name "Ginger Rosie Crafts", Jill says this about the early days of her small business:
"The 'Rosie' part of Ginger Rosie was named after my Mum, who was an artist and crafter too. She was such a beautiful and positive influence on me. I hadn't picked up a paintbrush in quite a few years since leaving art college, and she encouraged me to do so. As soon as I did, I thought "Why have I not done this before now?!". It's so easy to get caught up in the rat race, and forget about the things we really love to do isn't it?"
Since the global pandemic in 2020, Jill has re-evaluated her entire business and has decided to concentrate on her art. She regularly takes commissions and sells prints via this website and her Instagram page (search: jillsmythart). You can also contact her via firstname.lastname@example.org OR the contact page on this website.
Find Jill at St George's Market every Saturday and Sunday (see the 'St George's Market' Page for more details). Jill also exhibits artwork across Northern Ireland, and has shown work in London.