Jill Soukup was born in Buffalo, New York. Shortly thereafter, her family moved to Colorado, where she still resides. Jill s affinity for horses as a young girl resulted in countless drawings and studies of them, which made for a strong drawing foundation. As a teen, she started a pet-portrait business, acquired jobs painting murals, and designed logos for local organizations.
She graduated from Colorado State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Art.There, she received awards for illustration and design and worked as an illustrator and designer for the university. She initially pursued a career in graphic design while continuing to paint part time. After 11 years as a designer, she made the switch to full-time painting.
Her work continues to gain recognition as she receives awards, appears in national publications, and shows in important juried and solo exhibitions. In 2013, Jill Soukup s painting; Hold Steady was selected as the featured piece of the Coors Art Exhibit and Sale and is now part of National Western Stock Show s permanent collection.
Education: Colorado State University, BFA.
Awards and Honors: Best of Show, Representing the West, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center; People s Choice, Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale; Southwest Art Magazine Art Award; Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale; Jury's Top 50, Salon International; Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America.
Selected Publications: Fine Art Connoisseur; Cowboys and Indians; Longmont Times; Denver Woman; The Artist's Magazine; American Art Collector; Art-Talk; Southwest Art.
Selected Exhibitions: Retrospective, University of Northern Colorado; Longmont Museum; California Visions, Long Beach Museum of Art; Oil Painters of America.
Representation: Ann Korologos Gallery; Astoria Fine Art; Eisenhower Gallery; Saks Galleries.