Born Catena Giglia (Jill–y-a) in the small town of Sinagra in Sicily, 200km from Mt Etna. Immigrated to Perth Western Australia in 1960.
Lived and worked in Perth the next 20 years. Married in ’78. Moved to country W.A. in 1981 and over the next 10 years lived in Albany and Narrogin in the south west and Kununurra in the north west. Inspired to paint by the rugged beauty of the north west. Completed a TAFE art course in Kununurra but with 3 young children to keep me busy, art took a back seat for the next 10 years. Returned to Perth in 1991. It wasn’t until 1999, with the children now in their teens that I returned to my art. In 2000 I was introduced to Perth artist Tony McAlinden. This re-ignited my interest in painting. Tony mentored me with my art for the next 6 years. At the same time a need to extend myself led to my trying pastels under the guidance of Malcolm Craig, followed by ongoing association with Chris Meinema, artist and teacher.
15 years and three teachers later I’ve dabbled in pastels and acrylics, different styles of painting including abstracts, but my first love will always be oils and landscapes with atmosphere. A glorious sunrise, a romantic sunset, the stillness of a bay at dusk, a cold misty winter morning, a stormy sea, the heat of a fire. More recently my fascination with old buildings has inspired my paintings of old houses.
I exhibited at Houghtons Winery, La Salle College, Olive Farm Winery, Mazenod College, Swan View Show, York Show and local council art exhibitions at Bassendean, Belmont, Stirling, Mandurah, Melville, Cannington and Swan. I have also participated in two exhibitions at the Old Bakery in Maylands.
I have volunteered at People Who Care since 2004, running an art program for seniors, as well as the Eden Art Group.
My preferred medium is oils. I love working with modeling compound and have worked in all mediums except water colours.
Art is a very personal thing for me. If a painting makes you “feel”, if it engages your emotions, then that’s a great painting!Close Bio