My landscapes consist of scenes from my national and international travels. Some were painted on location and some were derived from photographs I took specifically to be used for paintings. Through them I chronicle the intensity of that moment during which they are captured: the passage of light and atmosphere; the place where I stood painting and quiet while surrounded by the movement of people, breezes through the trees and clouds passing the sun; the rise and fall of the day's heat; the feelings evoked during a rarified time, in a place where I am confronted by vistas or people that are far different from my everyday experience.
Jill Zylke has formally studied fine art and illustration, earning a degree from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. After graduating she continued her studies and served on the Board of Directors at the Palette and Chisel Academy, and more recently as vice-president of Windy City Arts, a non-profit organization that challenges artists to think in new ways by bringing together Chicago artists on collaborative projects. She is currently an active member of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago and the Edgewater Artists In Motion.
Her work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, as well as many group shows such as the Beverly Fine Art Center Baer Art Competition, the Chicago Artists' Coalition Art Open, the ARC Gallery Regional Exhibition, and Around The Coyote. She has been a featured artist in the Revere Graphics and Enteron Group Calendars and has been interviewed on the television show “Is It Art?”, and in the Chicago Art News and Chicago Sun-Times newspapers. She works as a painter, graphic designer and illustrator.