2004-Apr-26 Jilly Watson at Musee Picasso, Paris

Jilly has a passion for hiking in the West-Coast rainforests, and this love of the outdoors is reflected in her paintings. Jilly has been interested in drawing and painting since a child but has only been seriously painting since her retirement from teaching in 2000, and her move to Bowen Island.

In the summertime Jilly likes to paint plein air in our wonderful B.C. Landscape. At other times she paints from photographs in her studio. In the last ten years, Jilly has exhibited in the Bowen Island Art Gallery, North Shore Unitarian Church, Harmony Arts, Lonsdale Quay Brushstroke Gallery, 32 Books Art Gallery, City Scapes, and the West Vancouver Memorial Library.

Jilly is an active member of the Canadian Federation of Artists.

"I paint to express the wonder that I feel living in our west coast environment.  I like nothing better than painting plein air and I paint with bright colours to celebrate the joy I feel when painting".

Jilly also paints portraits, either from sittings or from photographs.