oil on linen panel
11 x 14 in.
About the Artist:
Whether painting landscapes, interiors or figures, artist Jill Stefani Wagner’s primary focus is always “the light” and how it affects the scene she is trying to capture. Working in pastel, oil and watercolor, she approaches her paintings as a sculptor would, carving out the nuances of highlight and shadow.
An avid plein air artist, Jill paints the landscapes of both the United States and Italy and frequently participates in Midwest plein air festivals. In 2016 and 2017 she was honored to be faculty at the Plein Air Convention sponsored by PleinAir magazine and one of her paintings appeared on the November 2016 cover of that magazine.
In 2012, Fine Art Connoisseur highlighted her artwork and career in an article titled “Today’s Masters, Artists Making their Mark,” and Pastel Journal included her pastel paintings in an article on art inspired by travel. The best-selling French magazine, Practique des Arts, highlighted her “Skyscapes” in August 2012.
Jill’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and are included in various corporate and private collections. Her work has been juried into the prestigious International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibits and was recently honored with multiple awards by the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of North Florida and the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Pastel Journal magazine has awarded her six Honorable Mentions in their Annual Pastel 100 Competitions.
In Michigan, Jill’s work is represented by WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor, Tvedten Fine Art in Harbor Springs, The Gallery in Saginaw and J. Petter Galleries in Douglas-Saugatuk. She has been designated a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America, and belongs to the Great Lakes Pastel Society, and Oil Painters of America.
Jill Stefani Wagner was born in Port Huron, Michigan, and received a B.F.A. from The University of Michigan School of Art. She owned a successful, award-winning advertising firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before “seeing the light” and becoming a full-time artist.
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