Growing up in 1970s Orange County, California, Jill Victoria witnessed the destruction of one aesthetic by another, as orange groves and rolling hills fell prey to suburban sprawl. Jill took up photography at an early age, finding it the best medium through which to capture her concern for this vanishing landscape.
After twelve years in parochial schools, she headed north to attend UC Santa Cruz, where she earned her BA in art history. Her thematic interests inspired research on diverse topics and the exploration of studio art courses in drawing and mixed media. The unique personality of Santa Cruz had a lasting effect on her work, much of which continues to reflect a deep connection to nature, with an eye keenly fixed on California's environment.
As a Trustee Scholar at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jill presented research on the Chicano Art Movement, performance art, and autobiographical comic books created by women. Although the city offered a vibrance and intrigue all its own, Jill ultimately favored the temperate climate of the West Coast, heading back shortly after earning her MA in modern art history, theory, and criticism. The stark contrasts that characterize Orange County were even more striking upon her return, prompting her to pick up the camera once again.
Although not bound to one particular photographic medium or subject, certain issues are always at the forefront of her work: the tenuous coexistence of humanity and the natural world, personal explorations of loss and remembrance, and the examination of self-image through portraiture. She currently works to expand her technical knowledge and improve her photography, and is finishing two series in Costa Mesa, where she has lived since 2013.