• Jill Carter-Hansen (born NZ)  MAhons, BFA Certificate in AnimationArtist, animator, Author/Illustrator  lived on a small farm and wrote her “first story” in an exercise  book…. at around the age of 8..
    From 1962 she lived 3 years in Europe and after returning to NZ,continued freelancing, tutoring and exhibiting her work.She arrived in Australia in1987 where she continued free-lance photo-journalism and illustration and her combined-mediums practice plus writing (both adult and children’s work) and presenting (sometimes singing ) her work at public venues.
    Jill completed an MAhons – Visual Narrative – at the University of Western Sydney in 1998
    Apart from her Children’s Books, her written work appears in the School Magazines and various anthologies. 

    She has designed and illustrated in editorial and press and written and directed, three animated films (These – supported by the Australian Film Commission, NSW Film Office and Canon Australia) won internationals awards. Her work is represented in numerous group and solo shows in New Zealand and Australia, where she continues writing stories and poems – for both children and adults , and continues print-making and also makes ARTIST”s BOOKS
    Her agent is Debbie Golvan, at Arts Management in Australia.

    Jill’s work is held in public collections – including Rare Books Collections in Australia and NZ.

    Support has been received from QEII Arts Council NZ. Air NZ. and Australian Govt. funding.

    While lecturing part-time  Jill has tutored in tertiary art institutes and schools, delivering numerous presentations and workshops in the visual arts to students at all levels in both New Zealand and Australia.

    Recently, as Poet In Residence at the RPAH, including Sydney University .she read her work at the NSW Art Gallery. 
    Her first book
    THE ELEGANT ELEPHANT – was a finalist in the Lothian Unpublished Children’s
    Book Awards, followed by ZOE’s ZOO, and THE
    LONELY GNU. In both 2016 and 2018, her work won the Sydney Don Banks Short
    Fiction Award.She has also illustrated for other authors.most recently: BEARLY THERE, by Aleesah Darlison.

    NSW State Library Rare Books Collection
    Auckland Public Library – Sir George Grey Collection (RARE BOOKS)
    Auckland University – Photographic Book – Fine Arts Library
    Auckland University – Photographic series – Architecture Library 
    Auckland War Memorial Museum
    Australia War Museum – Canberra. ACT 
    (Peace poster)
    Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Sydney Australia

    Angela Moreton Collection – Takapuna Library N Z
    Dromkeen Collection – Victoria Australia

    Janet Heaphy Trust N Z

    Kurungai Council NSW Australia
    Lu Rees Archive. ACT Australia

    Manly Regional Gallery NSW
    NSW University. College of Fine Arts Library – Sydney Australia

    State Library of NSW – Films collection & Works on Paper. Poster Collection

    Screen and Sound National Archives – Sydney

    Te Papa – N Z Museum of Art Wellington N Z

    The Turnbull Collection, Wellington NZ
    University of Western Sydney Library – Penrith Campus

    University of Technology Library – Film – Sydney NSW Australia

    United Contemporary Collection Auckland – N Z

    Waikato Art Museum – Hamilton N Z

    Various International Film Festival Archives

    Private Collections – Paintings and combined media:
    Australia. UK. Germany. USA. New Zealand.

    CONCEPT/DESIGN/ILLUSTRATION/ PHOTOGRAPHY (Published list free-lance work) 

    Art New Zealand

    Australian Film Commission

    Australian Society of Authors

    Australian Screen Directors Association

    Auckland City Council- Mural.

    Australian Design Series

    Australian Women’s Weekly

    Belle Magazine

    CBEs Records

    Cleo Magazine

    Communiqué Agency

    CPH Group

    De Beer Designs

    Dynamic Graphics

    Eleanor Curtain Publishing
    Family Circle Magazine

    Fairfax Newspapers

    Flying Colours Animation

    Girlfriend Magazine

    Glass Artist’s Gallery, Sydney – Invitation Design, Photography and project development
    Good Weekend Magazine – Illustrations

    Gourmet Travel Magazine

    Harper Collins

    Hiroshima Peace Committee

    Hodder and Stoughton

    John Dickson Ltd.
    Leo Burnett Agency Pty Ltd.
    Mangus Nankurvis and Curl (Thai Airways – winner of the 1991 Australia Folio-Awards for Illustration)

    Marinkovitch and Greene Advertising

    More Magazine

    New Zealand Education Board 
    Pine Street Films
    Pan Books

    POL Publishing

    Random House Publishing

    Reed Methuen Publishing

    Reno Design

    Rigby Heinemann Publishing

    Road Traffic Authority of NSW
    Sales Magazine

    Simply Living Magazine


    Stone Davies Alley – Strategic Design Group

    Studio Collections
    Studio One Design

    Sydney Morning Herald – Illustration.

    Sydney Opera House – Poster design

    Time Magazine

    The Edge Magazine

    Transworld Publications.


  • Although ideally I enjoy working as both the illustrator and author of a book, there have been many challenging yet enjoyable periods spent working on the illustrations for other authors, ie those completed for Aleesah Darlison’s picture book: BEARLY THERE.

    The storyboards are important and sometimes these flow easily… at other times constant   adjustments are needed to make the text and illustrations flow effectively together.

     The illustrations for NAILS, a story by Paul Jennings, were conceived of and completed within 3 weeks of receiving the assignment – at late notice – to work on. I was passionate about the story and my youngest son immediately became the character for that tale.  He was living across an ocean at that time,  His face appears on every page of that published work as I kept drawing him from memory.

     All of my 3 children have been drawn as characters within stories I’ve done. This is apparent in THE ELEGANT ELEPHANT, where one of my sons even became transformed into a girl…for the sake of the tale! 

    In  BEARLY THERE, (2013) I made the decision to use both dry and wet mediums in limited palette – Conte and watercolour – combine strongly – to connect the story thru’ the pages. It seems the choices worked well. 

    As a child I was always drawing and with the good fortune of being raised on a farm, had access to the many animals which I sketched – and photographed with my Box Brownie camera, given to me at the age of eight. The play of light and shadow combined with a fascinating subject or situation, held the possibility of becoming a narrative in itself. 

    Not surprisingly, most of my children’s stories have animals featured in them. Come to think of it, so did my three more adult animated films!  But I also write poetry – some transforming into songs I sometimes sing in public! Poems  get published in the NSW School Magazine and at public venues etc. But I hope to have a book of my poems published at some stage… with illustrations  woven between the written verses

    Because I have developed many workshops  – most recently one on ‘Characterisation ‘ at the Gosford Art Gallery in NSW and at schools and Educational Institutions, I continue to enjoy presenting at various venues. If you wish to know more about my creative services, please email me:
                                          jill@visionaryimages.com.au ,

    Presently my abilities have supported volunteer projects at both the Chris O’Brien Cancer Centre and the Royal Prince Alfred Public Hospital in Sydney – including poetry for patients with memory difficulties and special projects for children- with more stories – which my agent Deborah,at info@golvanarts.com.au is managing. I would be happy to connect with reputable publishers of children’s books – to consider illustration styles for existing projects!

    ENQUIRIES:    (Agent: Debbie Golvan: golvan@bigpond.net.au )

    I have personal recommendations available from organisations where I have presented my workshops – if you enquire. I look forward to hearing from you. 

    Thanks for reading this… Jill    email: jill@visionaryimages.com.au

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