Jill Stefani Wagner

Jill Stefani Wagner

About the Artist
Based in
Saline, MI

Whatever she paints, Wagner’s focus is always “the light” and how it affects the landscape 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.

A devoted plein air artist, Jill paints in Europe and U.S. plein air festivals. She’s a designated Master Pastelist in Pastel Society of America and Master Circle in International Association of Pastel Societies. Jill also belongs to Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Degas Pastel Society, American Women Artists and Great Lakes Pastel Society. Her work has been published in Pastel Journal, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and Plein Air Magazine, which recently featured her painting on its cover. She’s loves to teach workshops and has been Plein Air Convention Faculty in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2022.

Jill’s paintings can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the United States and Europe and she is represented by 3 fine art galleries in the MidWest.

A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art, Wagner owned an award-winning advertising agency in Ann Arbor, Michigan before “seeing the light” and becoming a full-time artist.


Jill will be teaching at Crooked Tree Arts Center, "Capturing the Landscape in 5 Easy Steps" June 15-16


Exhibitions and Events

Recent Plein Air Festivals
Gloucester Plein Air Festival, Virginia
Mountain Maryland Plein Air Festival, Maryland
Paint Grand Traverse Plein Air Festival, Michigan
Lighthouse Plein Air Festival, Florida
Wekiva Paint Out, Florida
Door County Plein Air Festival, Wisconsin
Paint Annapolis Plein Air Festival, Maryland
Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, New York

Recent Awards
Dakota Pastels Fall Online Competition    Honorable Mention
Pastel Society of New Mexico National Exhibition  Sponsorship Award
Pastel Society of the South West National Exhibition Landscape Award
Oil Painters of America Showcase  Honorable Mention
American Impressionist Society Small Works Exhibit
Pastel Society of the West Coast Pastels USA Exhibition Richeson Bronze Award
Great Lakes Pastel Society Exhibition Great American Award
Dakota Pastels Spring Online Competition    Honorable Mention
Higbee 6” Squared Exhibition   Honorable Mention