Jill lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she is an active member of numerous art and plein air organizations. She has competed as a juried artist in a number of plein air events. Her most recent awards include Second Place 2022 Maryland Pastel Society National Exhibition, the 2021 Quick Draw Competition Plein Air New Bern, 2021 Plein Air Easton Juror’s Award, Third Place 2021 Artists’s Paint OC, Ardis Diaz Award 2021 Paint Annapolis, First Place Plein Air Easton Quick Draw 2019.
A former resident of Annapolis, Jill moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2003 where she is an active member of numerous art and plein air organizations including the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay, the Ocean City Center for the Arts, the Academy Art Museum, the Pastel Society of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Oil Painters of America, a juried member of the Working Artists Forum, and a signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society.
Jill has competed in a number of plein air events including Plein Air Easton, Paint Annapolis, Brandywine Valley Plein Air, Harford County Plein Air, Artists Paint OC, Paint It! Ellicott City, Crisfield Plein Air, and Paint Berlin. She has also exhibited in juried shows with the American Impressionist Society, Working Artist Forum, the International Association of Pastel Societies, the Pastel Society of America, the Maryland Pastel Society, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, Ocean City Center for the Arts, and the 35th Annual Oxford Fine Arts Show.
Her most recent awards include Second Place in the Maryland Pastel Society National Exhibition, the Judges Award 2021 Plein Air Easton, Ardis Diaz Best Use of Light 2021 Paint Annapolis, First Place Quick Draw 2021 New Bern Plein Air, Fourth Place 2021 Left Coast Pastel Society International Show, Honorable Mention 2021 Arizona Pastel Society International Show, Best Hospitality Painting 2020 Artists Paint OC, First Place 2019 Plein Air Easton Quick Draw (non-competition artist), The Gino Manelli Award (First Place) 2019 Paint It! Ellicott City, Honorable Mention 2019 Artist Paint OC, Honorable Mention Quick Draw 2019 Artist Paint OC, and Best Nocturne, 2018 Artists Paint OC.
Jill has studied at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis with artists John Ebersberger and Bonnie Anderson. She has also studied here on the shore with Kevin Fitzgerald, Tim Beall, Stan Sperlak, David Lussier, and Nancy Tankersley. She has also taught pastel classes at the Ocean City Center for the Arts.
I’m attracted by color and the contrast of light and shadow, and I love to paint it as simply as I can. Like many artists, I started out with a “xerox” mentality thinking that I must duplicate exactly what I see. In 2017 I began to paint plein air and it dramatically changed the way I see and paint. You must be quick to capture the light effects and it really loosened up my painting style. First Place winner of Plein Air Easton Quick Draw.