Featured Artist: Jill Soukup!

Feisty by Jill Soukup 10×10.5″ Oil

Jill Soukup. Amazing paintings. Jill’s love of horses is apparent in her paintings. Each is stunning. Of course she paints other wild life as well, capturing their personalities with each painting. If you’ve ever thought about taking a workshop specific to painting horses, you’re in luck! (Check out the Workshops tab) – also, if you’re going to be in the Denver, CO area in January (2020) – you may be in luck to see the Coors Western Art Show! Peruse Jill’s painting… see for yourself!

Be sure to check out Jill’s Painting Horses Workshops (what a dream!) – as well as the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale (click Events tab) (Denver, CO) 

See more of Jill’s work via these links:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  | Events  | Workshops


Jill Soukup was born in Buffalo, New York. Shortly thereafter, her family moved to Colorado, where she still resides. Jill’s affinity for horses as a young girl resulted in countless drawings and studies of them, which made for a strong drawing foundation. As a teen, she started a pet-portrait business, acquired jobs painting murals, and designed logos for local organizations. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. There, she received awards for illustration and design and worked as an illustrator and designer for the university. She initially pursued a career in graphic design while continuing to paint part time. After 11 years as a designer, she made the switch to full-time painting. Her work continues to gain recognition as she receives awards, appears in national publications, and shows in important juried and one-woman exhibitions.

artist statement

The intent of my work is to capture the balance that exists at the intersection of opposite elements and to expose underlying similarities in things that are perceived to be fundamentally different. I’m driven by the process of painting contrasts, and by pushing value, color, and texture in a realistic setting.

Through my disparate subjects—static urban and architectural scenes, and the richly kinetic moments that define Western ranch life—I constantly work to hone and develop my craft by challenging the abstract components of a painting to come to together in an intentional, representational way. Without fail, this process reaffirms for me the symbiotic duality that defines my work—each element is dependent on its opposite for complete expression.

Catch you back here tomorrow!


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