Born in 1946 in the USA, Jill Leman’s family came to the UK in the 1950s. After studying at Colchester School of Art and the Central School of Art & Design. After several years as an "in house" designer for various publishers, she became freelance and collaborated with her husband Martin Leman on the design, research and writing of many books of his paintings.
Since 1996 Jill has focused primarily on painting. Her works have been shown widely in many mixed exhibitions in London and around the UK including the RA Summer Exhibition, the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and four solo exhibitions. Jill specialises in the mediums of acrylic and watercolour and currently holds the position of President of the Royal Watercolour Society alongside her membership of the Royal Society of British Artists.
Jill’s starting point for a painting begins with colour - this could be flowers, textiles, decorative china or some domestic object. She believes that drawing is very important in understanding and knowing your subject and she needs the basic structure to be in the work - then the painting can be set free to take on its own life. Jill’s work is essentially domestic - her paintings are for people to hang on their walls and enjoy.