Jill Dodson, American (1955 - )

Jill M. Dodson , MFA, is a Plein Air Painter who cherishes  and paints landscapes and animals, particularly horses. She is known for her mastery of light and atmosphere. Her influences include John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Alfred Munnings, Joseph Mallard William Turner and John Constable. Dodson holds a Master’s in Fine Art and has studied extensively at The En Plein Air School of Art in Paris, France; The Schuler School of Fine Art, Baltimore, MD , The Maryland Institute College of Art, James Madison University, VA and Towson State University, MD. She has also studied with outstanding master landscape painters, Fritz Schuler Briggs, AWS; John Brandon Sills,  MA, David Good, MA, Carol Thompson, MA and Tony Couch, AWS. Jill can paint in any medium, but prefers oil painting for its directness, boldness, brilliance and expressive texture.

Since 1980, her work has been exhibited and collected nationally, including having been part of many juried  and museum shows. Her paintings have won many awards and have frequently been featured internationally, in books and magazines  and on television.  She is a member of The American Impressionist Society and The Baltimore Watercolor Society. Since 1985, she has taught art for many art centers and colleges and has been the lead instructor and director of her own private art school for 11 years.

The artist grew up in a beautiful rural area in Maryland, USA. Jill has been attached to this area’s beautiful, rolling countryside, since early childhood. In 1958, her parents, who were both graduates of the Maryland Institute College of Art, found a perfect spot for their dream house on a hilltop with picture windows facing sunsets and fascinating patterns of patchy fog in the lovely Belfast Valley. Growing up in this area of lush pastures and farmland, fox hunt country and steeplechase courses, Jill fell in love with the land as a young girl, and explored it intimately while hiking, biking and horseback riding. Her art is her way to pay tribute to all who have worked so hard to preserve it’s lovely rural beauty And to stay in touch with those wonderful and memorable experiences. The artist also paints during her travels to the Chesapeake Bay and many other scenic destinations.

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