Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, artist Jill Hunt has spent the last half of her life residing in the Triangle of North Carolina. Jill attended Nazareth College in Rochester as a Visual Arts major with a concentration in Illustration, and the State University College at Buffalo for Art Education. After graduation, she made the move to Raleigh, NC to pursue her goals. With a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and certificationin teaching Art to grades k-12, Jill worked as an Art Educator in NC for 18 years, in both Wake and Johnston County Public Schools. She also worked with the Durham Arts Council, Artspace, the NCMA and various community workshops and camps. In 2014, she made the decision to leave the classroom to focus on her own artistic endeavors full time. She currently owns and operates ThistleBird Art Studio in Downtown Clayton, NC. It serves as Jill’s working studio, a gallery of her art for purchase, and venue for the workshops and lessons she offers. Jill creates in a wide range of media, but has a preference for oil, watercolor and silk painting. She now exhibits her work throughout the Triangle and beyond.