Jill McLennan: I am an observer, a seeker, a discoverer, a creator and a teacher. I seek visual, physical and emotional information and reflect my observations through painting and drawing. I attended Hampshire College, studying painting and the natural world. Then, I went to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I studied Art Education and began to paint my urban surroundings. In the Bay Area, I am immersed in the city, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the destruction and progress of industry and technology. I take in the experiences of my students, friends and neighbors to depict our common surroundings in my own visual language. As an artist and an educator, I strive to make a more beautiful vision for the world and the future through the language of visual art.