I met Jill when she was 18, working as a waitress at the Kansas City International House of Pancakes on the night shift.
It was love at first sight...or maybe it was 'like' at first sight and love at first listen when she played her guitar and sang for me later.
We had been together for a few weeks when she suggested that I get my left ear pierced. I told her I didn't want to do that, but that I always wanted a tattoo...so we compromised.
She watched the artist work as he created the seagull flying over ocean waves on my upper right arm. That may have planted the seed of the idea that would later lead to tattooing as an expression of her artistic talent, a career that would enable her to touch the lives of so many-- not just with beautiful ink designs, but in other important ways as well.
In Venice, California, with her new winged-woman tattoo
Jill and Monte the Python
We were married in Austin, Texas on January 25, 1982
Baking some bread
Working in a store in Austin. She painted artistic signs for their sales promotions.
Jill admired the artist Olivia, and posed for this interpretation of one of Olivia's fantasy pieces.