Whether painting landscapes, interiors or figures, Jill Wagner’s focus is always the “light” and how it affects the subject she’s trying to capture. An avid plein air artist, she is inspired by the American landscape and that of her beloved Italy. Participating in national plein air festivals, she travels the country to paint the uniqueness of each region. She spends cold Michigan winters creating larger studio pieces…but still chasing the light.

Jill’s artwork has been exhibited in solo and group exhibits throughout the U.S. and is in corporate and private collections. Her paintings have won multiple awards regionally and nationally.

Jill’s pastel painting graced the cover of Plein Air Magazine and her work is often featured in their pages. Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine highlighted her work, as has Pastel Journal. Wagner served as Pastel Faculty at the Plein Air Convention for 4 years and also enjoys teaching her own workshops.

She’s been designated a Master Pastelist by Pastel Society of America and Master Circle in International Association of Pastel Societies, and also belongs to American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Great Lakes Pastel Society and Degas Pastel Society. Her work is represented by four fine art galleries in the Midwest.

Jill received a B.F.A. from The University of Michigan School of Art. She owned an award-winning advertising firm in Ann Arbor, before “seeing the light” and becoming a full-time artist.


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