Jill Stefani Wagner
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 the prestigious International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibits and she was recently honored with multiple awards by the Pastel Society of America and the Great Lakes Pastel Society. The Pastel Society of North Florida honored Jill with First Place and Exceptional Merit Awards. Pastel Journal Magazine has given her six Honorable Mentions in their Annual Pastel 100 Competitions. One of Jill’s paintings graces the cover of the November 2016 Plein Air Magazine and and her work is often featured in their pages. Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine has highlighted her work as has Pastel Journal and the best-selling French magazine, Practique des Arts.
In 2016, 2017 and 2019 and 2020, Wagner was invited Pastel Faculty at the Plein Air Convention, and also enjoys teaching workshops and mentoring other artists. She has been designated a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America and Master Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies, and also belongs to American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, the Great Lakes Pastel Society and the Degas Pastel Society. Her work is represented by five fine art galleries in the Midwest.
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 an award-winning advertising firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before “seeing the light” and becoming a full-time artist.
Whether painting landscapes, interiors or figures, my primary focus 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 American landscape and that of my beloved Italy. I participate in 5-6 national plein air festivals per year, traveling throughout the country to capture the uniqueness of each venue. During the cold Michigan winters I spend time working in my studio, creating larger pieces…but still chasing the light.
You can visit Jill's website to view more of her work here.