I was riding the subway in Prague, CZech Republic and saw the train arriving with commuters waiting. This every day scene is iconic in that no matter where we live, city life has many similarities. We are in our own worlds as we mingle with the masses.
Born and raised in Fort Scott, Kansas, Lillis grew up with her grandparents who took her to Europe for summer vacations. There, she developed a love of travel and for photography. A graduate from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, Lillis now lives in the DC area. After a long career at IBM, she pursued her creative goal and became a professional photographer. Now a Getty Images photographer, she has sold over 35,000 images for worldwide publications and she exhibits in galleries worldwide, and is represented in various galleries of Northern Virginia. Previous exhibits include Dulles International Airport, Bethesda's National Institutes of Helalth (NIH), Alexandria's Torpedo Factory, DC's Edison Gallery, Morrison House Hotel, Barnes and Noble, Hylton Center for the Performing Arts, Occoquan's Mill Street Studio, and TTR Sotheby's in Chevy Chase, MD. She works with art consultants and designers to provide healing art for hospitality and healthcare fields and sells art to Restoration Hardware. Lillis focuses on her surroundings in DC, various other states in the U.S., and Europe. She provides portraits for horse and rider, restaurants, corporations, and event photography for political events and parties. Working for the American Friends of the Czech Republic, she captures world leaders at the Czech Embassy and the U.S. Capitol. Lillis sells her art year-round at the Torpedo Factory, through exhibits with the F11 Women's Photography Collective, and in historic homes and shops. Her images have been featured in National Geographic, RedBook, The Lancet, AFoCR.org, the Washington Post, Manassas Journal Messenger, Fox News, Elan Magazine, business brochures, and Yellow Pages books. She has self published 20 books. She also photographs interiors of homes for realtors in Northern Virginia, and has created images for a recent coffee table book on U.S. President's homes with photos from the Woodrow Wilson House in D.C. Her work is regularly featured in galleries throughout metropolitan Washington, DC, and is held in public, private, and corporate collections worldwide. (Recent award winner for FOTO Week DC Places Contest 2015)