About the Secret Gallery

The Secret Gallery is a collaboration between author/entrepreneur Chris Minnick and painter/curator Jill McVarish.

About Jill McVarish

Jill McVarish grew up Northern California and began painting seriously at the age of four. At 15 she dropped out of high school to dedicate more time to her work. She received a BFA in 1994 from the San Francisco Art Institute. There, she was further introduced to the possibilities in painting, not only through the curriculum, but also the exchange of energy and ideas with fellow artists. From there she enrolled at the prestigious Garrett Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where she learned that “painting is dead as an art form.” Unsure how to proceed given this devastating news, she bought a pass to the Rijksmuseum and let the Dutch masters become her primary painting instructors. She now reflects on those years as the most definitive in the formation of her style of blending her acknowledgment of contemporary and more absurdist art with a reverence for traditional painting and visual composition.

About Chris Minnick

Chris Minnick grew up in Detroit and studied creative writing, literature, journalism, and film at the University of Michigan. After leaving college, he published a humor and travel zine and worked his way up from writing classified ads and death notices to writing feature-length articles and reviews at newspapers and magazines in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and San Francisco.

At 25 years old, he quit the corporate world and started his first company. Since then, he’s founded or co-founded 7 companies and has authored or co-authored over a dozen books; including titles in the For Dummies series, several books for teaching kids to code, and two novels. Chris is also an enthusiastic amateur musician, filmmaker, winemaker, doodler, and learner.