Jill still remembers that second-grade assignment: draw what you want to be when you grow up. She pictured herself as an artist in front of an easel with paintbrush in hand. She was wrong. It should have been a camera.
While she has long loved the power of photography – and spent hours poring through National Geographic magazines, both as a child and as an adult – she did not take a straight path to becoming a serious photographer. She started off as a newspaper writer, then editor, then evolved into a graphic designer. Along the way, she was snapping photos – but always with the camera dial firmly fixed in the auto position.
Then she and her husband, Jim Duffy, moved from Baltimore to Cambridge, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes and spectacular sunrises, she was inspired to learn more about her camera, saw what could happen if she had more control, and began seeing the world in new ways. Combining her experience as a graphic designer and writer, she shares stories of the Eastern Shore and more through her photos.
Her work has been shown at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, the Leggett Gallery, and the Main Street Gallery. Her photography has been published in the pages and on the covers of numerous magazines, including Chesapeake Bay magazine, Coastal Style, Edible Delmarva, Municipal Maryland magazine, the State of Maryland Visitor Guide, and What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine.