Client Spotlight – Jill Meager

As you know we have a multitude of wonderful people who visit our clinic. In this section we interview a regular client of TMC to find out a little more about them.

Jill Meager has been visiting TMC for about 5 years and it has been a privilege to get to know her. Jill is a very talented wildlife portrait artist and is involved in organising Artists At Home which opens up artist’s homes and collections to the public each June. She previously worked as an actor, playing leading roles on television, in film and on stage. Jill also coaches people in Leadership and Personal Coaching, Presentation and Speech writing alongside her painting work. You can learn more about Jill’s art by clicking this link: http://www.jillmeager.com/jillmeager.com/About.html If you’d like to read more on Jill’s coaching business Spirit Base please click through to her website: http://www.spiritbase.com/

 

Have you always lived in Chiswick?

I’ve been in Chiswick 10 years.

What’s your favourite local restaurant?

Azou, a North African restaurant in Ravenscourt Park. 

What are you most grateful for in life?

I’m grateful that I live in a country that has the NHS, the Welfare State and the Human Rights Act. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Several good pieces of advice: stand up for anyone who doesn’t have a voice, be someone who says yes not no, have a sense of humour.

We’ve always loved your art. What do you think gets captured in your portraits?

In my portraits I try to capture the soul of the animal or bird in question.  I want to remind people that these creatures are vulnerable to harm and it’s important to both protect and nurture them as well as enjoy the pleasure they can give.

Who is your favourite artist?

William Kentridge: a South African artist who works across all media and is highly political

If you could get any two artists from history to collaborate on a piece of art who would you choose?

William Kentridge and Louise Bourgeois would make a pretty powerful statement if they pooled their artistic resources. Politics, the state of the world, the female condition.

If you could save one endangered species which one would you choose?

There are so many endangered species, many of whom are animals and birds we know and love. Humpbacks, Grey whales, rhinos, elephants, tigers, cuckoos, pied flycatchers, the list is depressingly long and we as humans are largely responsible.

Many coaches receive coaching themselves, do you have someone in your life who helps you find the best in yourself?

I have a supervisor for my work and I belong to a peer supervision group, so I get to talk through my client work and get valuable feedback and advice.

If you could learn or acquire a talent immediately what would you choose?

Be a Professor of Zoology and Anthropology

How do you celebrate your wins?

I think I’m just pleased and relieved when something goes well


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