2nd Saturday Gallery Reception: February 13, 5 pm – 8 pm
"Bee on Yellow Dahlia"
"Many years ago I studied art at Chelsea Art School in London in my native England. I enjoyed painting in acrylics and watercolors. I started taking photographs with the idea of using them to create watercolor compositions. Today apart from the occasional sketch, I have become totally addicted to using the camera as my medium.
"I have spent much time exploring the old villages and towns in France and England photographing old buildings with their wonderful textures and colors, giving a sense of tranquility and timelessness to my pictures. In contrast I have spent 5,000 hours underwater, photographing strange and wonderful sea life in California, Florida, the South Pacific, Indonesia, Australia, the Caribbean and the Red Sea. For the past 20 years I have enjoyed living in Mendocino and have found inspiration in the great ocean views, redwood forests, vineyards and spring flowers in the area.
"I should like to dedicate this show to my late husband, Karl, who introduced me to the world of fine art photography."
— Jill Wallin
"Iris of the Night"
"The Barn in Springtime"
Born and raised in London, England, Jill Wallin studied art at Chelsea Art School before working in Advertising and Sales at Time Magazine in London. She moved to San Francisco in the 1960s where she met and married Karl, who was a professional photographer from Sweden. Karl taught her how to take professional photographs and they sold much of their work through what is now the stock agency of Getty Images in New York. Jill and Karl specialized in underwater photography for close to 20 years after opening Wallin Dive Center in Redwood City. Together, they led trips to all the best scuba diving locations in the world.It was after retiring to Mendocino 20 years ago that Jill and Karl started to concentrate on Fine Art Photography. Jill's work can be seen at Mendocino Art Center and has been shown in many North Coast galleries over the years.