I grew up on the beach in Florida. I always loved the water. I spent my days swimming, sailing, fishing, and exploring the natural world around me.
After being sent away to high school on a large square-rigged sailing ship (so I couldn’t skip school), I decided I wanted to be a ship captain. My dream was to sail around the world and get paid for it. So I moved to Texas in 1978 to attend the Ocean Marine Technology program at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson.
I’ve kept a home base in Lake Jackson, but have been able to travel to many interesting places over the years. Until recently, I’ve spent most of my time working on the water: fishing vessels, tankers, dive boats, yachts, construction vessels, heavy lift ships, etc. I’ve traveled around the world, both for work and for fun. Mexico, Tanzania, Korea, Ireland, Singapore, China, Thailand, are all fantastic places to be. I’ve always loved photography and have taken 100’s of photos of everything I see. They’ve improved greatly with practice (and upgrading from the disposable cameras of my high school adventures on the sailing ships).
I take pictures of many different things, but concentrate on seascapes-boats, ships, offshore life-travel, animals, nature, weather, food, and architecture. I love night photography too.
I’ve had more time to spend on my art lately. I’ve always fiddled around with it- drawing, painting, writing, playing music- but haven’t really done anything with it since Jr High school. I might get bored every once in a while out on a ship somewhere and come up with something out of my head (like my pastel Red Starfish I drew while I was on a tuna boat somewhere in the South Pacific). I started taking occasional classes with Dolores Reynolds and joined the Brazosport Art League last year. I’ve been concentrating on learning how to paint water, using oil paints. I started writing a blog (www.captainjillsjourneys.com) as a way to improve my writing and connect with people around the world.
I entered a couple of pastels in the Brazoria County Fair art show last year and won a couple of prizes. I’ve entered a couple of paintings in the Gallery at the Brazosport Center for Arts and Science. I’m hoping to take more classes with Dolores when summer break is over.
Between teaching (maritime) at San Jacinto Maritime College and looking for a real job back at sea, I keep busy with writing (published in Maritime Executive, Incomes Abroad, Sidelights), uploading my photos to Bigstock, Alamy, Dreamstime and other stock sites. I’m also online at Society6 and Fine Art America.
To see more of Jill’s work and to commission artwork, come by From the HeART Gallery