The surname McGill is Gaelic for “Son of the Stranger”. Sounds a bit mysterious, yes? A strange but true story. Ironically, Jennifer is a daughter of a father she never knew. During her senior year of high school she learned her biological father was a professional artist, which was pretty mind blowing at the time. This awakening sparked her desire to become a professional artist.
Jennifer received an art grant from Western Illinois University, and began college at seventeen. She focused exclusively on art at The Art Institute of Chicago & The American Academy of Art, studying watercolor with the late Irving Shapiro, graduating with honors from the Academy in 1990. During her final year, Jennifer received the Union League Civic Arts & Foundation Scholarship for Fine Art.
In 2016, Jennifer began an adventure to uncover her McGill history and paternal mystery. This mystery would take her from Los Angeles to Cleveland, and Chicago. Jennifer discovered she and her late father a shared interest of architecture, interior design, flora, fauna, color palettes, music and writing. Another serendipitous discovery, they both attended The Art Institute of Chicago 27 years apart.
Jennifer has received numerous prestigious art + design awards, and won a range of art competitions. Her work is worldwide with collectors, products and installations. Jennifer’s career includes working as a Designer and Illustrator for Enesco, Bunnies By The Bay, and Dillon Works!
Napa, Chicago, Seattle and the Skagit Valley – are places that have inspired her throughout her life and career thus far.
Jennifer lives in Mount Vernon, WA with her husband, two teenage sons and a dog named Pickle.