Sunday Marché
24 x 36 in
Oil on linen
Available from the artist

The painting Sunday Marché evolved from two plein air oil paintings artist Jill Banks created standing at her easel in the vibrant Rue de Mouffetard market in Paris. Initially, the setting appeared to be the perfect painting spot.

“I paint to capture life’s magic…to transport you inside my oil paintings – to feel the breeze, hear the sounds, watch the action, smell the beer,” explains Jill.
Each year Jill travels extensively, with the goal of living fully, putting herself “smack dab” in the middle of new, ready-to-be-discovered territory and keeping her eyes and heart open to the inspiring scenes that unfold all around.

“There are always strangers to meet, new places to wander and, on the canvas, the challenge and thrill of bringing vibrancy to my paintings,” adds Jill.

As for that day spent painting plein air on Rue de Mouffetard, a little trouble ensued forcing her to pack up quickly and head elsewhere. Curious to know why? Read what happened and more about Jill’s 2018 painting trip to France in her PleinAir website guest blog “A Paris Plein Air Adventure”.

In addition to painting trips, Jill also participates in invitational and juried plein air festivals. She will be returning to Telluride Plein Air in June 2019 as last year’s No. 1 Seller and Quick Draw First Prize winner.

When not traveling, she often works in her studio/gallery at the Artists’ Atelier in Great Falls, Virginia.

The Atelier is open many days of the week and by appointment. To schedule a visit email [email protected] or call 703.403.7435. In February, the Atelier is hosting special/extended open hours, a free painting demonstration and a reception.

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