Biography for Jill Leman PRWS RBA
Born in America, Jill Leman (wife of Martin) was brought up in Essex; she studied art at Colchester School of Art under John Nash and Edward Bawden and went on to study Graphic design at Central School of Art. This was followed by working in publishing for a number of years before deciding to return to painting in 1996.
Jill is inspired by domestic subjects mainly flowers within a still life, although she too paints the occasional cat and building. Preferring to paint in watercolour and acrylic Jill has discovered her own gentle style which explores and promotes the exquisite colours and patterns found in nature. She employs delightful vibrant colours with an instant appeal and a talent for making each picture feel personal and cherished. Since taking up painting in 1996 Jill was elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2009 and a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 2011. She has featured in exhibitions around the UK including the RA Summer Show; however Jill has still found the time and energy to be the first female President of the Royal Watercolour Society, since 2017, bringing the society up to date and expanding its membership.