Whatever she paints, Wagner’s primary focus is always “the light” and how it affects the landscape or cityscape scene she is trying to capture. Working in pastel and oil, she approaches her paintings as a sculptor would, carving out nuances of light and shadow. Jill is a devoted plein air artist, painting yearly in Italy and in plein air festivals around the US. She’s recently been named a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America and her work is seen frequently in Pastel Journal. Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine highlighted Jill’s pastels in “Today’s Masters, Artists Making their Mark.” In 2016, her pastel painting appeared on the cover of Plein Air Magazine. She was honored to be on the faculty of the Plein Air Convention in 2016 and 2017.

A life-long Michigander with a BFA from The University of Michigan School of Art, Wagner owned an award-winning design firm before “seeing the light” and becoming a full-time artist.


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