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Jean Hill Collins, artist, local art teacher

May 12, 1926 – April 24, 2015

Jean Hill Collins, a longtime member of Albright Knox Art Gallery and a local artist who exhibited widely in a variety of media including watercolor, silkscreen and decoupage, died Friday in her Buffalo home after a long illness. She was 88.

Born in Buffalo, the former Jean Hill grew up in East Aurora and attended the Park School of Buffalo. She graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn. In the 1940s, she trained at Arts Students League in New York City, where her great uncle, George Bridgman, a renowned painter, writer and teacher, had taught anatomy and figure drawing for some 45 years.

Mrs. Collins art was showcased in many venues, including Just Pasta Restaurant, Garret Club, Allen Street Hardware Cafe, and International House Auction at the Saturn Club.

Gardening was a passion, as was teaching art at the Centennial Art Center of Hamburg and Trinity Episcopal Church of Buffalo, where her artworks were also on exhibit.

A frequent volunteer at Roswell Park, Mrs. Collins was also active in sports and social activities at the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club, Garret Club and Clarksburg Country Club, West Virginia. An ardent dog lover, she raised Silky terriers, and over the years owned Airedale, Lakeland and Irish terriers.

She traveled the world, including China, India, Vietnam, France, England and Holland. She made a special trip to Turkey and Patmos designed to experience St. Paul’s ancient route.

Her husband of 50 years, Dr. George L. Collins Jr., died in 1996. Survivors include her son, George L. III; a daughter, Phoebe; and a sister, Nancy Hill Jewett.

A private memorial service is planned for a later date.