The Art On Our Walls
Current Featured Artist:
Jill STEFANI WAGNER
Close to home: Oil & Pastel Paintings of Pure michigan
January 7 - February 21, 2022
Thursday, JaNuary 13th 6-8 PM
Jill Stefani Wagner’s artwork has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and is included in many corporate and private collections. Her paintings have been juried into prestigious national and international oil and pastel exhibits, and have been honored with multiple awards. One of Jill’s paintings graced the cover of Plein Air Magazine and her work is often featured in theirpages. Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine has frequently highlighted her work as has Pastel Journal and the French magazine, Practicque des Arts. Wagner has been Pastel Faculty at Plein Air Magazine’s Plein Air Convention for four years and enjoys teaching workshops and mentoring other artists.
Jill is a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and Master Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies. She also belongs to American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Great Lakes Pastel Society, Degas Pastel Society, and American Women Artists.
Jill graduated with a B.F.A. in painting 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.
My primary focus, whether painting landscapes, interiors, or figures, is always the light and how it affects the subject I’m trying to capture.Working in pastel and oil, I approach my paintings as a sculptor would, carving out nuances of highlight and shadow.
An avid plein air artist, I’m inspired by the MidWest landscape. My greatest joy is painting on location, taking in the atmosphere, temperature, sounds, and smells, as well as the view. I participate in national plein air festivals, traveling throughout the country to capture the uniqueness of each venue. During the cold Michigan winters I work in my studio creating larger pieces…but always, always “chasing the light.”