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About the Artist

I am dedicated to sharing the enjoyment of our miraculous underwater world through photography at and @JillMcCartyImages. I hope to inspire others to connect with and protect our fragile undersea world which is essential to humankind’s well-being.  


Raised in Santa Barbara, California, my earliest memories include poking around in tide pools and learning to body surf. When I’m in the ocean, I’m at home.  When I make photographic images, time stands still.


I studied photography at Stanford University, and did my first SCUBA dives as a teenager while doing marine science research at Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey, California. I am now a Master Scuba Diver, and have logged close to 1,000 dives.


My passion for photography and scuba diving reignited as I retired from medical practice. Over the past decade, I have pursued the artistic interpretation of underwater life on reefs and in the open ocean worldwide. I have enjoyed the challenges of honing my craft to develop a unique artistic style in photography in often-challenging underwater conditions. 


© G. Fallon

©B. Peterson


© E. Quigley

I have been fortunate to have won awards in international photography competitions, including Dive Photo Guide/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition, and was a finalist in Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year 2023 and Smithsonian Magazine Photography Contest.  I have had my images published in SCUBA DIVING and DIVE magazines, and currently on exhibit at Stanford University’s Doerr School of Sustainability as a winner in this year’s contest.  


I am very lucky to live in coastal Ventura, California, with the Channel Islands National Park in my backyard!  I hope you enjoy this look at the magical world beneath our seas. My work is available for sale in a range of sizes and finishes.  I am partial to the glossy depth possible with printing directly on metal: ready to hang and enjoy!

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