Jill Hotchkiss was born in Hollywood, Florida. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Pratt Institute and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Florida. She has participated in artists residencies in Public Art at School of Visual Arts in New York and at the Art Center South Florida in Miami. After working for 10 years in New York City as a practicing artist and teaching artist (instructing adults and children), she has returned back to Florida to continue working in her home state. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions, private and public collections throughout the United States, South America, Japan and Europe along with a variety of large scale hospitality and architectural commissions.