Jill McLaughlin was born in Minnesota. After studying art and photography in Michigan at Delta Community College and Western Michigan University, she moved to New England. She has lived in South Kingstown for thirty years. She has been active in teaching and exhibiting at many local art organizations and is currently an Associate Member of the Hera Educational Foundation, Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, Mystic Art Association and the Newport Art Museum.
My work is inspired by memories, nature and my own inner stories. I enjoy experimenting with techniques to create subtle layers with texture and depth to tell a story or convey an idea or emotion. I use photography and visual journals to develop my ideas further and to learn more about myself. In my latest collages and assemblages, I use vintage books, photographs, boxes, ephemera and found objects to represent bits of memory. In juxtaposing these objects, I am looking beyond the outer form for the suggestion of an inner meaning; to capture the magic in the “ordinary”. By focusing on timeless personal and universal themes like dreams, home life and the environment, I invite the viewer to discover their own stories.