Pastel painting of a house back in the trees with snow-covered ground

Last Rays
18 x 24 in.
Pastel on prepared board
$1,750 (plus tax and shipping as applicable)
Available through Castle Gallery, 1202 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Jill Stefani Wagner PSA-MP IAPS/MC

Last Rays was inspired by lovely late afternoon light peaking through snowy trees in February. As a Michigan artist, I have learned to appreciate the snowy months in the Midwest almost as much as I love the beautiful spring, summer and fall days. Each season has its own unique beauty. Sunny winter scenes really sparkle with warm light and cool blue shadows. In this piece I focused on that complimentary duality and accentuated the texture by using a thick pastel ground under painting.

“Whether painting landscapes, interiors or figures, my primary focus is always the light and how it affects the subject I’m trying to capture. Working in pastel and oil I approach my paintings as a sculptor would, carving out nuances of highlight and shadow.

“An avid plein air artist, I’m inspired by the American landscape and that of my beloved Italy. I find my greatest joy painting on location, taking in the atmosphere, temperature, sounds and smells, as well as the view. I participate in national plein air festivals, traveling throughout the country to capture the uniqueness of each venue. During the cold Michigan winters, I work in my studio creating larger pieces…but always, always chasing the light.”

Jill Stefani Wagner’s artwork has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and is included in many corporate and private collections. Her paintings have been juried into prestigious national and international oil and pastel exhibits and have been honored with multiple awards.

One of Jill’s paintings graced the cover of PleinAir Magazine, and her work is often featured in their pages. Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine has frequently highlighted her paintings as has Pastel Journal and the French magazine, Practicum des Arts. Wagner has been invited Pastel Faculty at PleinAir Magazine’s Plein Air Convention for four years and enjoys teaching workshops and mentoring other artists.

Wagner is a designated Master Paste list in the Pastel Society of America and Master Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies, and belongs to American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Great Lakes Pastel Society and Degas Pastel Society.

Jill Stefani Wagner graduated with a B.F.A. in painting from University of Michigan School of Art. She owned an award-winning advertising firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before “seeing the light” and becoming a full-time artist.

Jill’s paintings are represented in the Midwest by:
Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana
J. Petter Galleries in Saugatuck Michigan
Fuller Art House in Sylvania, Ohio

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Contact Jill at [email protected]