Jill Mirza was born in 1945. She studied Painting at Harrow School of Art, Camberwell, The Royal Academy Schools and Goldsmiths College. She has taught Art in Peckham, South London and at the Purbeck School,  Dorset. Her son Joe was born in 1981 and in 1983 she left London to live in Swanage. Together with her partner  Nick Harris she ran The Alpha Gallery in Swanage, from 1987 until the end of 2004. As well as showing her work in the Alpha Gallery, Jill has exhibited in various galleries in London and at the Royal Watercolour Society Open at Bankside Gallery. Her work has also been on display at numerous Art Fairs, throughout the country. She has  written articles for several art magazines and has co-written a book ‘Mix Your Own Acrylics’.  
        "Having trained at Art College within a traditional ethos, I am accustomed to working in a figurative  manner. I found compelling the process of looking intently and recording accurately. My inspiration comes  from round the Mediterranean where the light is sharp and the architecture relaxed. The recording of  observations, bought back home, arranged in photo albums or on computer screens, recreates the  experience, captures the essence of places in a way both personal and collective. These ‘Souvenirs’, along  with objects purchased in shops and markets come to represent the experience, and eventually to usurp it.  Making paintings becomes an act of reordering experience and devising self contained worlds. The images  are visual diaries, but they are narratives recollected and reinterpreted at a distance." 
Jill Mirza