I’m driven by the process of painting contrasts, and by pushing value, color, and texture in a realistic setting. – Jill Soukup
Jill Soukup paints the "richly kinetic moments that define Western ranch life.” Thoughtful and intentional in her work, Soukup emphasizes contrast: motion and stillness, light and dark, realism and abstraction. With unique, cropped compositions, Soukup draws our attention to this balanced opposition. "Without fail," she writes, "This process reaffirms for me the symbiotic duality that defines my work—each element is dependent on its opposite for complete expression."
Soukup grew up near Denver, Colorado, where she still lives. As a young girl, she loved horses and sketched obsessively; as a teen, she began a pet-portrait business, drawing animals in chalk pastel. After a career in graphic design, Soukup shifted to fine art. Her paintings have earned multiple awards, including an Oil Painters of America Award of Excellence, and the the People’s Choice Award at the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. We are thrilled to welcome Jill Soukup and her contemporary perspective on horses, cowboys, and life in the wild west. Please stop by the gallery to enjoy her distinctive, dynamic paintings.