Whatever she paints, Wagner’s primary focus is always “the light” and how it affects the landscape, seascape or cityscape scene she’s 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 in Italy and plein air festivals. She’s a designated Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and Master Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her work has been published in Pastel Journal, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and 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 University of Michigan School of Art, Wagner owned an award-winning design firm before “seeing the light” and becoming a full-time artist.
Best Plein Air Painting, Plein Air Salon, Nov. 2018
Best Pastel Painting, Plein Air Salon, Nov. 2018
Best Pastel Painting, Plein Air Salon, July 2018
Best Pastel Painting, Plein Air Salon, Jan. 2017
Plein Air Convention Faculty, 2016, 2017, 2019
Wayne Plein Air Festival, 2016, 2018
Paint Annapolis, 2018
Mountain Maryland Plein Air Festival, 2017, 2018
Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, 2015, 2016, 2017
Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018