Jilly was born in Scotland in 1967. She graduated from Gray’s School of Art with a BA Hons in 1989.
In 1994 she moved to the Cote d’Azur, where she painted and taught art, hosting summer painting holidays in Henri Matisse’s former villa in Vence.
Over the winter months she was lucky enough to be granted Artist in Residence status to work on her own paintings in Matisse’s former studios. It was at this famous home where she also took part in the BBC 1, Modern Masters Series on Matisse, with Alistair Sooke.
Jilly Ballantyne left the South of France after 18 years and is now permanently resident in Cornwall. Her studio is in Truro where she paints mainly still life, interiors and ‘roomscapes’. She also teaches art all over Cornwall.