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Jill Willems

Jill can’t remember a time in her life that art wasn’t important to her. She became an elementary art teacher in 1990 in the small town where she grew up – Iola, Wisconsin. Her personal history as an artist has been scattered, dabbling in many media and techniques, until three years ago when she found rosemaling – the art form that struck such an immediate passion within her that it seemed almost foretold. Jill has studied with several Gold Medalists and accomplished rosemalers. Researching the old and gleaning small influences from contemporary rosemalers, Jill is striving to develop her own voice and style in this traditional art. She was thrilled to be part of the 2021 Vesterheim Folk Art Apprenticeship to grow herself as a rosemaling artist and be part of the continuance of this beautiful art into the future.