Jill Basham

Hometown: Trappe, MD

Jill’s work is typically quiet, often with muted colors and purposefully simple design. She is dedicated to conveying the light, atmosphere, and “feeling” of the landscapes she paints and wants to evoke an emotional reaction. Basham paints in her Maryland studio near the Chesapeake Bay, as well as outdoors, in locations both far and near. She is comfortable allowing each painting and its subject to lead her on an exploratory, experimental journey, as this approach often yields the most unexpected and visually exciting results.
Basham has been consistently drawn to expansive, atmospheric views; whether it’s observing Chicago from above or looking out from a mountaintop in Georgia.


Having earned numerous awards and honors, some of Basham’s more recent accomplishments include a 2022 Oil Painters of America Wet Paint Award from respected artist, Dave Santillanes; “Best of Show”, in Plein Air Easton (modified for 2020); “Best of Show” for her work at the Door County Plein Air Invitational by C.W. Mundy, master artist; and the “Judges Award” at Olmsted Plein Air for two different works by both Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine; and Kelly Kane, editor-in-chief of Plein Air Magazine.


Jill is pleased to be an Associate member of Oil Painters of America. She is also a member of The American Impressionist Society; as well as two historic art organizations, The Washington Society of Landscape Painters and The Salmagundi Club, NYC.


Gallery representation includes Reinert Fine Art, the 2023 OPA Convention’s hosting gallery.




Art at the Pavilion

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