Jill Pankey is a Senior Lecturer at Texas State University. During the past twenty years, she has established herself as an artist in Texas, with gallery representation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Brackenridge, Colorado and New Zealand. She has concentrated her efforts in painting and drawing. Jill currently holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas-San Antonio, with a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She has also received meritorious awards from national, state and local art organizations for her paintings and drawings. In the summer of 2008, a residency was awarded to Jill in Russell, New Zealand where she currently has her paintings. She grew up on the Texas/Mexico border, which has influenced her work in many ways. Her second influence is the interaction of color, dance and movement with the human form.