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2. Artist, Newlywed and Young Mother

1983-1985 : Artist, newlywed and young mother

Jill picked up her oil paints and palette again after two years dedicated to drawing and watercolor. She continued her work as an artist at the Château Noir. Along with her main painting partner and former classmate from the Marchutz School, Robin Oliver, she painted mainly landscapes of the Provençal villages and the countryside surrounding Aix (Le Tholonet and Saint Cannat), while she continued drawing the street workers.

In May of 1984 at the Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville) in Aix-en-Provence, Jill had her first show.



On June 9th, 1984, Jill and Serge were married at Cathedral Saint Jean de Malte in Aix-en-Provence.


In 1985, Jill and Serge moved into their first house located in the Aix countryside, where they had their firstborn son, Alexander.


Click here to read segment three in Jill’s “40 Years in France Series.”


Interested in learning more
about Jill’s story?

Click here for more in Jill’s book,
Art, Soul and Destiny: an Artist’s Journey from America to Provence



2 thoughts on “2. Artist, Newlywed and Young Mother”

  1. I love reading this, Jill. I remember taking a drawing class from Mr Oliver and was so concerned because I didn’t think I could draw well. He told us to do a drawing everyday. So, I did. . . made a huge difference. When we moved to Tucson last year I did a drawing every morning after breakfast of the saguaro cactuses in our yard. That practice is so important and so rewarding. Thanks for sharing your story.

  2. Dear Jill,
    We love receiving your New Years greetings, and look forward to this record of your journey in France. Your art continues to delight us.
    Love, Janice Hodges Bragg

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