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Jill Ansell was born in a West Australian Wheatbelt town on a particularly cold July morning in the '60s. Three wise women (and an intelligent dog) would have arrived bearing gifts, but their camels became distracted near Eucla. 


During a happy childhood, Jill displayed strong art skills showing dexterity with the texta and considerable aptitude in mural development with a lovely sequence of images on her bedroom ceiling. 


She won art prizes as a teenager and had her work displayed in Parliament House at the age of 16.  After this promising start, she stopped painting completely in favour of travel, teaching, raising children and dealing unsatisfactorily with domestic chores.


In 1999, after some arm-twisting from a friend, Jill returned to painting, winning the Town of Victoria Park Art Award. She has painted ever since, delighting patrons with her bright and humorous take on West Australian life.


She has won a number of awards and is represented in a number of collections including Royal Perth Hospital and the Town of Victoria Park.



2023   Finalist Collie Art Prize


2021   Finalist Moran Portrait Prize


2020   Finalist Lester Prize


2019  Winner: York Art Award (Overall Theme)


2013   Winner: Victoria Park Art Award

           Winner: York Art Award

           Winner: York Art Award (Sculpture)

2012   Semi finalist: Doug Moran Portrait Prize


2011   Finalist: Black Swan Portrait Award


2009   Winner: York Art & Craft Award


2006   Winner: BankWest Open Art Award,                Perth Royal Show

           Winner: Victoria Park Art Award 


2005   Winner: Town of Cambridge Art Award

           Winner Viewers’ Choice: York Art

2003   Winner: Town of Vincent Art Award


1999   Winner: Victoria Park Art award 2D



  • inclusion in magazine Creative Artist #6 pp 30-40

  • inclusion in magazine Art Education Association of WA (AEAWA) pp 10-12 ​

  • Inclusion in Art Almanac August 2020

​​​I am fortunate enough to know a number of wonderful artists. Below are some links to their web pages. Explore - it will be worth the journey!


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