Jilly has been painting since approximately 2003 and comes from a large extended family of artists including sisters Sandra and Rhonda Jones who also have a natural artistic ability.
Jilly learnt to paint and gained knowledge of her stories from the older women in her community, including her mother artist Gypsy Jones. She paints Awelye (women’s ceremony), Tharrkarr (Honey Grevillea), Sugarbag and Women Collecting Bush Foods.
Jilly was born at Old MacDonald Downs Station in the northern reaches of the Utopia region and spent many years growing up in that area. She attended Soapy Bore School in Utopia as well as Yirrara College in Alice Springs, some 250km away from her home.
Jilly continues to live in the Utopia region with her husband, Patrick Tilmouth, their son, Ambrose, and her extended family.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Oct - Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank in conjunction with Mbantua Gallery, Portland, Oregon USA
2003 Oct - Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR USA
2004 Aug-Sep - Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford and Greenwich