Jill Baker lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with Lee Pennington and Salvador Doggie, where her life is full of writing, painting and sharing adventures and travels with Lee.

Baker earned her M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1981, having gone to Baylor University in Waco, TX for her B.A. in English and Fine Art. She also did graduate work at Florida State University, Columbia, the Academia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy and at Cal State, L.A.

L: Jill paints Baby Zayn, R: Painting in oil

Her paintings are of peaceful landscapes or fantastical imaginary places or things, created in her own style. She travels to New York, France and Italy to paint and exhibit her work. She has exhibited her collages and oil paintings throughout the world in major venues in Paris (Palais des Congres), Florence (Palazzo Strozzi), Seoul, South Korea (U.S. Embassy), New York (Goethe Haus, among others) and elsewhere.

She has published a novel, My Turn, and a short travel book entitled Elba Journal. She has written feature articles for newspapers and popular magazines, including articles on art, religion, the Olympics, homemaking topics and the military, among other topics.

Her poetry has been published in collections sponsored by Florida State University, Baylor University and private groups. Her book of poetry is called Poems of Accord and Satisfaction.

In Los Angeles, she worked as an art critic for the Women Artists’ News (a New York newspaper) and for the Downtown News, a Los Angeles newspaper. In Indiana she was a reporter for the Democrat and the Posey County News, and in Tennessee for the Gallatin Newspaper. She taught Composition/Communication and Humanities for Phoenix University at the Nashville, TN campus. While a college student at Baylor University she was the editor for the Phoenix Poetry Annual, and the weekly Youth newsletter for First Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.

As an artist, she had done numerous illustrations for publishing houses and major magazines and has worked in Production for newspapers and for Institutional Investor magazine on Madison Avenue, in New York. She has illustrated several books, including nine by Lee Pennington. She has taught art on the university level for 17 years and is on staff of the Art Department at the University of Southern Indiana. The latest book illustrated by Jill is Daughters of Leda by Lee Pennington (click on name to go to Amazon page describing it).