Jill Soukup Biography
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 one-woman exhibitions.
Two finalist awards in the animal art category – The Artists Magazine 23rd Annual Art Competition –
2006, 2008, 2009
Jury's Top 50 – Salon International Museum of Contemporary Masters – 2006, 2007, 2008
Third place in the animal art category – The Artists Magazine 20th Annual Art Competition – 2003
Award of Excellence – Oil Painters of America West/Southwest Mountain Regional Juried Exhibition – 2003
Honorable Mention – Northern Colorado Artist Association 11th National Art Exhibition and Sale – 2002
Colorado State University Creative and Performing Arts Award – 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
National Scholastic Portfolio Competition New York Scholarship – 1987
National Scholastic Arts Award – 1985, 1986, 1987
The Society of Animal Artists (Signature Member)
Oil Painters of America (Artist Member)
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