Jill H Andrews is a self-taught artist and philomath who experiments with pen and ink, paint, recycled fibers and found objects. These are used in conjunction with traditional media to create a variety of images, paintings, and sculptures. Human impacts on this planet, strange and exotic creatures, and all things insecta are current themes in her art.
Andrews, a native Californian, moved to Michigan in 2005. She spent 25 years as a science writer and educational outreach director at the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA), University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA) and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her professional life largely involved bringing artists, business professionals, educators, scientists and engineers together to produce films, print and electronic products, and art installations that effectively translated scientific and engineering concepts for the public sector. With Art Center College of Design and Pasadena Armory for the Arts, she co-curated AxS: At the Intersection of Art & Science, an ongoing, city-wide collaborative effort that explores artistic investigation while considering new methods of scientific outreach, as well as the increasing understanding of how art and science can influence one another.
In 2010, she launched a new career in art. Since then, she has created a series of abstract paintings based on molecular structures; learned the art of doll-making; designed and constructed wearable art from recycled fabrics; learned sculpting with clay and found objects; and authored and illustrated two science and nature blogs. Her work has been exhibited and/or sold through art fairs, charity benefits, boutiques and galleries in the greater Los Angeles area and also locally in Chelsea, MI (her hometown) and the greater Ann Arbor area. She is a member of the Michigan Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art and Ann Arbor Women Artists.