Around Town
40 x 30 in.
Oil on linen
Available through the artist

Capturing Life in Oils
In Around Town, city skyscrapers are quiet backdrops to people gathered on sidewalks and cars passing by. Despite the cold, friends and acquaintances linger, catch up with each other.

Paintings created in the studio evoke all the emotions and memories the artist experiences on frequent plein air painting excursions, trips and competitions. Award-winning impressionist Jill Banks chooses painting locations where she is most apt to encounter plenty of interesting subjects wandering in and out the scene. She travels everywhere with her easel, setting up in markets, on city sidewalks, in a restaurant or bar, at the farm to paint the animals as they wander around in the field. And when she’s not at her easel, Jill is still observing and taking in the world around her – figuring out ways to capture and convey life’s magic through her art.

​About her work Jill ​says, “painting plein air and figuring out what I’m truly working to convey naturally led to details and extra stuff falling to the wayside. Stylistically, I continue to evolve from realism with feeling to impressionism with even more emotion and simplification.”

The viewer has room to fill in the rest, to be transported into the scene.

When Jill is not out in the field painting or traveling, there are two studios ready and waiting to put all that gathered inspiration to good use. One’s in her home in Fairfax, Virginia. Another is a studio shared with ten other artists at the Artists’ Atelier at 756 Walker Road in Great Falls, Virginia. Visitors are welcome during open hours, special events and any time by appointment.

View more of Jill’s work at and in Galleries.
Contact Jill at [email protected]

The painting Around Town may be found at

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Plein Air Events
Telluride Plein Air
Sedona Plein Air (invitational)
Bucks County Plein Air
Richmond Plein Air
En Plein Air Texas
Long Beach Island Plein Air Plus (NJ)

Recent Awards and Recognition
Artist to Watch, Southwest Art Magazine July 2017
Best in Show, BoldBrush Painting Competition September 2016 (out of 1400+ entries)
Best in Show – Board of Directors Award, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Member Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NYC
Top 9 Painting and Drawing Teachers in Metro DC area
Monthly Finalist, January 2017 Sedona Art Prize Competition


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