A native of Buffalo, NY, Jill Hunt has spent the last half of her life residing in the Triangle of North Carolina. She attended Nazareth College in Rochester as a Visual Arts major with a concentration in Illustration, and the State University College at Buffalo for Art Education. With a BS in Art Education, Hunt worked as an Art Educator in NC for 17 years, in both Wake and Johnston County Public Schools. She also worked with the Durham Arts Council, Artspace, the NCMA and various community workshops. In 2014, she left the classroom to focus on her own artistic endeavors. She currently owns and operates ThistleBird Art Studio in Clayton, NC, which serves as Hunt’s working studio, a gallery of her art, and venue for the workshops and lessons she offers. She also serves as Secretary on the Board of Clayton Visual Arts.
Hunt creates in a wide range of media, but has a preference for oil, watercolor and silk painting. The style, subject matter and media she uses in her work are widely diverse. She attributes this to the breadth of her art experience, as well as to her love for experimentation. Regardless, her work remains linked in its emotive and symbolic imagery, captured in rich color and texture. Each with meaning beyond the concrete, her paintings represent life experience and the emotions carried with it. Hunt’s award-winning work has been featured in exhibitions throughout NC.