Gill Watkiss was born in 1938 and studied at the Walthamstow School of Art. She moved to West Cornwall with her late husband (painter and photographer) Reg Watkiss in the 1950’s. They lived in various locations including Zenna, St Just and Newlyn. Her work as an artist depicts the lives of ordinary people and their surroundings in Cornwall. She has developed a highly recognisable style, with dramatic urban/rural landscapes/backgrounds and figures (many windblown) both happy and sad. She is undoubtedly one of the most influential figurative/landscape artists to work in Cornwall in the last fifty years.