Jill Stefani Wagner

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Whether painting landscapes, cityscapes or figures, artist Jill Stefani Wagner’s primary focus is always “light” and how it affects the scene she is trying to capture. Working in pastel, oil and watercolor, she approaches her paintings as a sculptor would, carving out the nuances of highlight and shadow.

Ms. Wagner’s watercolor and pastel paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and are included in various corporate and private collections. She has mounted solo exhibitions at The University of Michigan, The University of Michigan Health System, The River Gallery, 212 Arts Center and Pfizer Corporate Headquarters.

Several of Jill's paintings have been accepted into the prestigious International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibits and she was recently honored with multiple awards by the Pastel Society of America. The Pastel Society of North Florida has also given Jill multiple Exceptional Merit Awards. Pastel Journal Magazine awarded her six Honorable Mentions in their Annual Pastel 100 Competitions.

In 2012, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine highlighted Jill’s artwork and career in an article titled “Today’s Masters, Artists Making their Mark,” and Pastel Journal included her paintings in an article on art inspired by travel. The best-selling French magazine, Practique des Arts, highlighted her “Skyscapes” in their August 2012 edition.

In Michigan, Jill’s work is represented by Ann Arbor Art Center, River Gallery in Chelsea, Tvedten Fine Art in Harbor Springs, Synchronicity Gallery in Glen Arbor and J. Petter Galleries in Douglas. HG Arts in Florida also licenses her work nationally. She has been designated a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America, and belongs to the Great Lakes Pastel Society, Oil Painters of America, Ann Arbor Women Artists and Ann Arbor Area Pastelists.

Jill Stefani Wagner was born in Port Huron, Michigan, and received a B.F.A. from The University of Michigan School of Art. She owned a successful, award-winning advertising firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before “seeing the light” and becoming a full-time artist.


Winter pastel landscape painting of an early morning snowfall in Michigan filled with crisp light.
Plein air pastel landscape painting of an old farm and golden field in August.
Pastel waterscape painting of an extreme close up view of water and shadows beneath a lake dock.
Pastel waterscape painting of light filtering through Michigan trees and illuminating a riverbed.
Long shadows cascade across and old tuscan road in warm late afternoon sun in this Italian pastel landscape painting.