Jill Leman PRWS

Biographical Details:

Born in America but has lived all her life in England. Brought up in Essex she spent two years at Colchester School of Art in the 60″s, where John Nash taught plant drawing and Edward Bawden printmaking. This was followed by three years at the Central School of Art & Design, London. After several years as an “in house” designer for various publishers, she became freelance and worked on many books with her husband, the artist Martin Leman. Since 1996 Jill has been painting full time. Jill and Martin Leman live in Islington, North London

“These works are unassuming and have instant appeal. They are vibrant, fresh and uplifting . . . these paintings are delightfully honest . . . what you see is what you get ! A sound knowledge of composition and excellent drawing skills . . . Jill will be the first to agree that one has to learn the rules of drawing before being able to break them – and this she does very successfully.”

Anthony Coe, Director The John Russell Gallery,Ipswich

Solo Exhibitions

2004 The John Russell Gallery, Ipswich
2006 The RONA Gallery, London W1
2007 The John Russell Gallery, Ipswich
2010 The Russell Gallery, Putney


Selected Group Exhibitions

Royal Watercolour Society Open 1996, 2002/04/05/06/07/08
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 1997 – 2008 inclusive
Singer Friedlander 2006/07
The Royal Academy Summer Show 2009
RBA Annual Exhibition 2009/10/11
The RWS Autumn and Spring Exhibitions Since 2009
The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2011
The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition
Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2018



Artist & Illustrators How I paint flowers in watercolour / Issue 182
The Artist Objects that delight – painting in mixed media/ Issue 891
Leisure Painter Interviewed by Robin Capon / Todays Artists / Issue 469


Elected an Associate Member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2009
Elected a Member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 2011
Elected RWS and Treasurer 2012
Elected President Royal Watercolour Society 2017




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