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.
• Bachelor of Fine Arts, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO — 1991
Related Work Experience
• Illustration for Colorado State University campus newspaper • Corporate identity and graphic design for Monigle & Associates • Print and web design for Denver Museum of Nature & Science
• Abend Gallery, Denver, CO — 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 • One-woman retrospective show, "Compelled by Structure," University of Northern Colorado
School of Art & Design Galleries, Greeley, CO — 2007 • Timmons Gallery, Rancho Santa Fe, CA — 2004, 2006
Selected Group Exhibitions
• Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO — 2009, 2010 • Salon International, The International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, Greenhouse Gallery
of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX — 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 • Oil Painters of America Annual National Juried Exhibition — 2001, 2003, 2007, 2010 • Windows to the Divine Exhibition & Sale, Madden Museum of Art, Greenwood Village, CO — 2009 • Colorado Gold, The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO — 2009 • Colorado Open, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO — 2009 • WAOW (Women Artists of the West) 39th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Saks Galleries,
Denver, CO — 2009 • Foothills Art Center, Glitter in the Garden Gala, Golden, CO — 2008 • Society of Animal Artists Art & the Animal Annual Exhibition — 2007, 2008 • Oil Painters of America West/Southwest Mountain Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils — 2003, 2007 • Colorado Governor’s Invitational Art Show and Sale, Loveland Museum — 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 • California Visions, Long Beach Museum of Art — 2005 • Public Education & Business Coalition, Colorado Artists for Youth Art Sale and Auction, Colorado History