Artist Jill Banks

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://www.jillbanks.com

  • Year Born: 1958

  • Though starting painting 2003, Banks has put in well over those 10000 hours it takes to master one's craft.

  • Teaches workshops and classes; paints limited number of portrait commissions each year.

  • Writes a well-loved blog about the trials and tribulations of life as an emerging artis.

  • Price Range: $325.00 - $10,500.00

  • More info on Jill Banks's FASO Connect profile

The Artist Says:

My oil paintings explore and celebrate the world I know. Live it with me. Enjoy stumbling upon the unexpected beauty of a fruit grocer lighting up a gray, rainy street or the comfort of coffee, croissant and comics on a lazy Sunday morning. Feel the heat of sunshine hitting the urban street and hear the rhythm of its inhabitants. Watch friends as they catch up on their days in a café.  Drink in the surroundings.
I paint with my head and my heart. 
People fascinate me and as difficult as it is to choose, they are my favorite painting subjects. My portraiture has won many awards regionally and nationally … but much more importantly … my portraits really touch people’s lives in a profound way. You can’t ask for more than that.
I teach classes and workshops. It’s another joy to spread the passion for art and art-making around through teaching.
Visit me in my studio at the Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suites D&G, Great Falls, VA.
See my web site: www.jillbanks.com for more information on classes, works available, commissions, regular studio hours, events,and more.  Send me an email to get on my mailing list for special events.
And if you really want the latest scoop on my life as an artist, read my blog: http://www.jillbanks.blogspot.com.


SUN AND SEA - 16 x 20 - oil

"Stylistically, I continue to evolve from realism with feeling to impressionism with even more emotion and simplification."
Jill Banks

Life is full with family (spouse Randy of 40 years, grown son and daughter, daughter-in-law, granddaughters Emma and Madelyn, and parents enjoying a fortunate new lease on life), friends like you, and an art career that keeps me smock-donned and constantly on my toes. Each year (except for this crazy 2020), I teach multiple classes a week over three semesters; exhibit at 10+ top fine art festivals in the Midwest to East Coast (see my web site's Events page for upcoming shows); sends work off to juried regional, national and international exhibitions; hangs one or two solo exhibitions; paint in several juried plein air competitions (in which artists from around the country are chosen to capture a place through art without use of photography); take on a small number of portrait commisions; and travel for personal painting trips and inspiration. No moss is growing under my feet.
Sometimes I do something spectacular. In 2011, I launched my 100 Faces in 100 Days Project, inviting friends, acquaintances and strangers of all ages to sit to have their portraits painted, allowing me to get to know my subjects and allowing volunteers to get to know more about this passion of mine -- painting -- in the process. For the first 100 consecutive days of 2011, I painted 100 different talking, moving faces from life and then posted photos of the paintings and reflections on the sitter and sitting on my blog (jillbanks.blogspot.com -- which I've since pretty much abandoned but carried over the excerpts and photos into the 100 Faces in 100 Days Gallery under Works here.). What I learned from the project was that anything was achievable given [...]

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