About Jill

About Jill

Jill_Segal_Headshot2I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1976. I received a B.A. degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy, from the University of the Witwatersrand, in 1974.

I have been drawing and painting since childhood and have studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) and the Haliburton School of Fine Arts. I have also taken numerous workshops with many prominent artists, including: Margaret Roseman, Lila Lewis Irving, Brian Atyeo, Gerald Brommer, Mary Todd Beam, Robert Burridge.

I am an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists and  signature member of the Toronto Watercolour Association

I presently teach classes in acrylic painting and collage from my studio in Thornhill, Ontario. I also conduct classes, workshops and demonstrations for art groups and educational institutions across Ontario and internationally. I have been on the Faculty of The Haliburton School of the Arts, Summer College, the Naples Art Association and The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, in Florida.

I love to facilitate workshops on spirituality and creativity, and enjoy taking groups of artists on travel adventures to Peru.

I am a kripalu Yoga Teacher and offer workshops combining yoga and painting.



Artist’s Statement

For me, painting is a passion, an expression of the joy of life. My acrylic and mixed media paintings express my fascination with the natural beauty of the world around me. They are celebrations of all aspects of life, reflecting the inherent energy in and around us, and the interconnectedness of all things.

My style is bold, colourful and expressionistic I love using collage and other interesting textures, to capture the essence of my subject matter.

I love to travel and have journeyed to many of the sacred sites of the world. These, include awe inspiring places, often designated as “Pilgrimage Sites” where I and others have experienced a feeling of transcendence and harmony with the Cosmos.  Many of these sacred sites have intriguing portals and passageways, symbolic of life’s cycles and transitions. I have been greatly inspired by the mystical and spiritual energy experienced in these places, also by the ancient carvings and petroglyphs found there. This inspiration is often reflected in my abstract paintings.

My art, like my life is not about the destination. It is about the process and the journey.




View My Work


Currently, you can view and purchase my work at the following places:

The Ethel Curry Gallery,

Art Provo, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands,

Inspirations Artists and design gallery 

Naples Art District 

Saatchi on line gallery,

and my own studio in Thornhill.