Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Jill Daniels has been drawing and painting from an early age. At age eighteen Daniels moved to Southern California to attend art college and begin her formal artistic disciplines. She received a BFA in Fine Art from Pepperdine University. To gain an international perspective on the art scene, Jill lived and studied art history in Heidelberg, Germany and painting in Florence, Italy for a two year stint while traveling extensively throughout many other countries. While studying in Italy, Jill was profoundly influenced by the work of the minimalist painter Giorgio Morandi. After returning to California, she studied illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Along with exhibiting and selling paintings to collectors in Asia, Australia, Europe and throughout the United States, Daniels’ talent as a painter has also translated into a highly successful career in illustration with entertainment companies. Her art direction and painting skills have been behind numerous productions for Disney, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, and MGM. While at Universal Studios, she was instrumental in developing and executing the Emmy winning PBS show, “Curious George”. She has since returned to Disney where she art directs the animated show “Phineas and Ferb” and has won two Primetime Emmy awards for outstanding individual achievement in color and painting.
Jill Daniels, Homecoming, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 40"; Courtesy of the artist
Jill Daniels, Peaks and Valleys, 2013, acrylic, 24' x 34"; Courtesy of the artist
Jill Daniels, Shared Vision, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 6ft x 4 ft; Courtesy of the artist