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Jill Basham

 "I am passionate about my art and aim to paint every day. There is always room for growth and learning. I'm not afraid to fail, as failure is a means to success. I most love painting landscapes and am particularly intrigued by how light creates mood. The landscape can be anything that catches my attention: country, city or ocean/water scenes. My goal is to try and get the emotion of the scene across to the viewer by matching the mood of the scene with my brushwork, color palette and value/temperature range. I enjoy painting outside, often times in a large format, but also love painting in the studio, where I have more time for reflection and can produce larger works. I will forever be learning and in turn, growing."

Basham, is an award-winning artist. Honors include 3rd place in Plein Air Easton (2012);"Best Landscape" for National Oil and Acrylic Painters Association (2014); The Salmagundi Club's Thumb Box Exhibition Award Winner (2014), as well as other honors and awards. Artwork hangs internationally, including the US Embassy in Sri Lanka, through the US State Department's "Art in Embassies" Program. Articles and biographies about Basham's work include "American Art Collector" and the book "100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic", by Gary Pendleton.

Basham's work has been featured in Plein Air Magazine's "Why This Works", an analysis of what makes a particular painting successful. Basham was juried inoto The Salmagundi Club, NYC as an Artist Member in 2012. Other memberships include: The American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, The Working Artist's Forum and The Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.


Artist’s Statement: I am overwhelmed by the beauty of nature, in particular the atmosphere of an environment. I particularly enjoy the mood of skies and expansive views. Inspiration can arrive anywhere, from a bustling street in Manhattan to an isolated marsh. It's the "feeling" of the place that inspires me, and I hope to translate.


When painting a scene, I don't have specific rules for myself. I prefer to let a scene and my feelings for it, set my approach. Palette knives, brushes, household items and hardware store finds have all been used in moving paint onto and around my canvases.


I see each painting as an experiment that is unfolding. My initial goal can be interrupted by a new idea during the process, and I'm okay with taking a different path and veering from what might have been comfortable. Of course, there are risks with this, the fear of "failure", and quite possibly a painting that needs to be wiped off...yet that's okay with me. The truly moving pieces are the ones that I pushed a bit. There are stories to tell. I strive to get my paintings to a point to which I "feel" the place I have painted, and hope others do as well. I find expression comes easiest for me with a paintbrush in hand, much easier than speaking. My hope is that others see and feel the stories I'm telling.

Jill Basham’s recent recognition includes: 

"Grand Prize Winner" Artmuse Contest, Master Division, judge Paul Kratter for "The Garland of Texas"  2018; "Sense

of Mystery Award", judges: Kenn Backhaus (PAPA), Seth Hopkins (Booth Museum) and Tim Newton (Salmagundi Club) for "Here to Pray"; 

"Here to Pray"(Stone Mountain Lake)

added to permanent collection of Cherokee Country Club, Atlanta GA 2018, 

"The Award of Distinction", given by Roger Dale Brown, OPA, judge, Plein Air Texas, October 2017, 

"Finalist- Masters Category", judge: Jason Sacran, Artmuse Contest 2017; "Honorable Mention"Bucks County Plein Air 2017; "Artists Choice Award" and "The Award of Distinction", given by Marc Hanson, OPAM, judge, Plein Air Texas, October 2016, for "The Garland of Texas"; "Judges Award" given by Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief, Fine Art Connoisseur, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta 2016; "First Place-Master's Category", judge: Eric Bowman, Artmuse Contest 2016; Salmagundi Club Historic Black and White Exhibition, Award Winner, 2016; Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition 2015; Plein Air Texas, 2015 - San Angelo Museum of Fine Art Permanent Collection Museum Purchase Award; "Best Maryland Artist", Plein Air Easton! 2015; "BoldBrush" Award (First Place), January, 2015; Salmagundi Club Artist 

Member Award Winner: 106th Annual Thumb Box Exhibition in 2014; National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Association: "Best Landscape", Spring 2014; National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Association: "Best Landscape", Spring 2014; Third Place, Plein Air Easton 2012. Ms. Basham’s work hung in the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka as part of U.S. Department of State's "Art in Embassies Program". Basham's work hangs in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Published in:


Plein Air Magazine, Featured Artist Aug/September 2015

American Art Collector 2014, 2015, 2016,2017

American Art Collector "Emotional Reactions" April 2018

Southwest Art January 2018


100 Plein-Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, By Gary Pendleton

Membership includes:

Salmagundi Club, NYC

Oil Painter's of America
American Impressionist Society

Washington Society of Landscape Painters
Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association


San Angelo Museum, San Angelo TX 

Shannon Hospital, San Angelo TX (Black Jack's Hills)

Cherokee Country Club, Atlanta GA (Here to Pray, Stone Mountain Lake)

US Embassy Colombo Sri Lanka through US Department of State (temporary)

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