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Jill Mowrey

“I see photographic images almost everywhere. A rundown barn, a war memorial, a cornfield all seem full of possibility and promise. I like the idea of preserving places as they once were.”

Jill Mowrey became a full-time artist when her position as a corporate business analyst ended in 2006 with a layoff. Trained as a graphic designer and photographer during her years at that company, she saw the loss of a job as an opportunity to do something different.

That’s not a typical launch for a career in art. But then, Jill’s photography is far from typical. Relying on a keen sense of observation, she uses her camera to transform ordinary places and everyday scenes from throughout Indiana into beautiful, unique photos

“I observe carefully wherever I go,” said Jill. “I can be driving on my way to an appointment and see an abandoned building that I find colorful or meaningful in some way. It is hard to explain, but I just seem to look at things differently and more carefully than most people.”

A place that’s right for photographing elicits some emotional response in her, she explains. “I find that if you look closely at a place, you can usually find at least a small part of it that makes an interesting image.” As an example, she cites a tight shot of the word “truth” on a war memorial.

“Places inspire me the most,” she said, adding that Indiana is full of inspiring places. “I have traveled across the country, from New York City to San Diego, yet still find the images from my home state to be the most satisfying.”

The Madison County photographer believes the Indiana images are an alternative to the more conventional, big city images of architecture and people that often are used to represent America. “I find true beauty in the simple and often everyday places that represent Indiana and much of the Midwest,” she said.

Her work has been shown publicly and is included in several private collections.

Jill plans to leverage Indiana Artisan to expand the market for her work and to be part of a larger arts community. She sees the designation as a validation of the high quality of her photography. “The organization is a credit to all the talented artists in Indiana,” she said.