Painter Jill Hooper is from North Carolina & New York, where she was born in 1970. Hooper showed a fondness for drawing and draftsmanship at a young age. She worked under D. Jeffrey Mims for an extended period in North Carolina as well as in Florence, Italy, studying still life, portraiture, and the figure. She also studied at Universite de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France where she learned printmaking. Hooper studied portraiture with a focus on the sight-size traditions with Charles Cecil in Florence. In 2006, she participated in the apprentice program under Benjamin Long VI at the League of the Carolinas, as well as assisted him with the Crossnore fresco in mountains of North Carolina.
Hooper's exposure to classical realism and to the academic figurative style transformed her work and persona. As her training became her own singular task, she traveled to the deserts of Utah and the museums of London and Vienna, drawing and painting from life and Old Master examples.
Hooper's work has exhibited in France, England, and throughout the southeastern United States. She is permanently collected in three museums, including the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston where she is the youngest living artist to ever be collected. Her work can also be found in numerous private collections. In 2007, her self-portrait Pugnis et Calcibus was in the BP portrait exhibit touring through the United Kingdom and hung in London's National Portrait Gallery. Hooper presented a show of new work at the Greenville County Museum of Art in 2010 and had a solo exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art in 2012.
Jill lives and works between downtown Charleston and London, where she is the artist-in-residence teaching at Lavender Hill Studios. She is currently teaching a Fundamental Drawing Course at the American College of the Building Arts.