Jill was born in Epping, Essex, a town sheltered from Londonís urban expansion by an ancient woodland, Epping Forest. Jillís father came from a long line of London drapers and owned an old fashioned department store on Epping High Street. As a child Jill always enjoyed being close to nature, spending much of her time at the end of the garden watching spiders going about their busy lives. At the age of thirteen, Jill suffered a detached retina; this would result in Jill no longer being able to take part in sport at school. Instead she would spend afternoons in the art room or leafing through books in the library. Jill found great pleasure in drawing flowers and twigs, a pleasure that would shape the years to come.
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