Jilly Ballantyne BA (Hons) grew up in Fife and graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. After 18 years in the South of France and 8 spent in Cornwall, she was drawn to return home, to the East
Neuk of Fife. Jilly aims to create serenity on canvas, a peaceful place that we would all like to inhabit.
Being near the sea links all of the artist’s previous homes, but her studio in the Cellardyke Town
Hall, only a few steps from the sea, has already begun to influence her more recent work.
Jilly paints mainly still life, interiors and ‘roomscapes,’ These are almost portraits, as they contain clues to the person who inhabits that space. Her most popular work features tranquil scenes, viewed through open windows with contrasting light, the aim being to create that feeling you would have, if you were standing in front of an open sunny, seaside window. ‘Some artist’s paint their inner turmoil, I try to achieve the opposite and convey the serenity and brightness I want to feel more of’
Since moving back to Fife and walking the coastal path during lockdown, landscape paintings have featured more than interiors, in an attempt to bring the outdoors and the east coast sunrise, inside.