Jill Daniels is a visual development artist / art director for various studios including, Illumination, Disney Animation Labs, Sony Pictures, CTN Development Shorts Program and Nickelodeon Original Movies / Specials. She has served as a member of the Television Academy’s Peer Group Executive Committee for Animation for the last four years, after winning back-to-back Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement Primetime in Animation for her color/painting skills in 2011 and 2012 while art directing the Disney series Phineas and Ferb.
Daniels grew up in Alaska and moved to California to pursue a career as a professional artist. She graduated with a B.F.A. in fine art from Pepperdine University, and spent two years studying painting and art history in Florence, Italy, and Heidelberg, Germany. She went on to study illustration, environmental design and computer technologies at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Daniels has worked as an art director/visual development artist/painter in animation for 20 years, and has contributed her skills to numerous hit Emmy-winning productions for Disney, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, Fox, MGM and PBS/Universal.
In addition to her successful career in entertainment, Daniels exhibits her fine artwork through galleries in Los Angeles and New York, and her work has been collected and featured in exhibitions worldwide.