Dawn Rising
18 x 24 in.
Oil on linen-lined panel
Available through the artist

Capturing Life in Oils

Artist Jill Banks says, “I paint to capture life’s magic … to transport you inside my oil paintings — to feel that breeze, hear the sounds, watch what happens, smell the beer.”

Dawn Rising was painted from the bedroom window in the South of France. Each year, Banks chooses one European destination for an extended painting adventure. Last year it was Nice/Cote d’Azur and Provence and the year before it was Paris. (Tough life, right?) Read about her 2018 personal painting trip to France in the OutdoorPainter (PleinAir Magazine’s online newsletter) blog post “A Paris Plein Air Adventure” here.

The adventures continue, deliberately and happily, year in and year out for Banks. Living fully, putting herself smack dab in the middle of new, ready-to-be-discovered territory keeps her eyes and heart open to the inspiring scenes that unfold all around. There are always strangers to meet, wandering off and on the canvas — bringing vibrancy to her work.

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Another of Banks’ plein air paintings “Colorado Days” will be at Settlers West in Tucson, Arizona with the Women Artists of the West 50th Jubilee National Exhibition from March 25–April 17. Banks recently became a Signature member of Women Artists of the West and American Women Artists.

When Banks is not out and about at a plein air festival or on a painting excursion elsewhere, she can often be found at her studio/gallery at the Artists’ Atelier at 756 Walker Road in Great Falls, Virginia.

The Atelier is open Wednesdays, noon to 4pm; Saturdays, 10am to 2pm; for First Friday Art Walks from April to December, 6–8pm; and by appointment any time via email: [email protected] or phone: 703.403.7435.
Please come enjoy a visit.