About the Artist
Contemporary Landscape Artist, Jill Basham, was born in Washington DC and raised in Columbia, MD. Basham comes from a family with a multi-generational history of artists. She grew up with an interest in art, yet it was not until later in adulthood that she began oil painting. Once she began, she never looked back. Known for her atmospheric landscapes, she primarily paints in plein air (on location), but also works in her studio. Basham now resides near the Chesapeake Bay on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and has a strong appreciation for the local landscape, but is attracted to any scene that sparks an emotional response. Basham is inspired by the work of the California Impressionists, including William Wendt and Edgar Payne, and has been taught through workshops or classes by contemporary masters such as Ken Auster and Gavin Brooks.
Basham has been honored to participate in, and win awards in both local and national Plein Air Events and Art Shows. More recently, she won Third in Plein Air Easton! 2012. Presently her work is hanging in the United States Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, through the US State Departments "Art In Embassies" program. Basham is an Artist Member of The Salmagundi Club, NYC, American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, OPA, The Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and The Working Artists Forum.
Shows, Exhibitions and Honors:
Solo Show, "Making Waves" Color Wheel Gallery 65, McLean, VA (3/3-3/28)
Juried into Salmagundi Club's 130th Members Show (March Show)
Boldbrush National Competition "FAV 15" ("Far Back")
Book: 100 Plein-Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, by Gary Pendleton
People's Choice First Place: Holiday Show, Easton Studio, MD for "Slumber"
Juried into Randy Higbee 6" Squared National Show, CA
Group Show: Peninsula Gallery, "Small Gems"
Group Show: Best of 2013 Artists, Crystal Moll Gallery, MD
Boldbrush National Competition "FAV 15%", 3 times
Group Show: Crystal Moll Gallery, MD "Plein-Air Summer Show"
Group Show: Peninsula Gallery, DE "At Water's Edge"
"Circle to Circle Award" for "Church from West" Paint Annapolis, awarded by Steve Doherty (Editor, Plein Air Magazine)
Accepted artist: Plein Air Easton! 2013
Demo. Artist: Plein Air Easton!2013
Juried into The Oxford Fine Arts Fair, Oxford Md
Juried into Paint Annapolis,2013 by Steve Doherty (Editor, Plein Air Magazine)
Salmagundi Club NYC, Accepted Artist Member (11/12)
U.S. State Department "Art in Embassies" requests work for US Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Plein Air Easton! Third Place Overall, "Blackwater Dawn". Judge: Tim Newton (Salmagundi Club, NYC)
Juried into Plein Air Easton!. Jurist: Don Demers (Internationally recognice marine artist)
Juried into Mountain Maryland Plein Air. Jurist and Judge: Steve Doherty (Artist/Editor, Plein Air Magazine)
Arts in Easton Banner Artist
Festival of Trees Poster Artist
U.S. State Department, "Art in Embassies" program, accepted artist
Second Place: SMAL Plein Air Exhibit. Judge: Matthew Hillier (Internationally recognized artist)
Paint the Town, St. Michaels, Grand Prize, "Morning Hope". Judge Carla Huber (Plein Air artist)
Plein Air Painters of the Eastern Shore, First Place, "Otwell Sheep", Judge: Greg Vandevissar (artist)
Juried into WAF Selections Gallery, Academy Art Museum, Easton MD. Judge: Alejandro Castro
Solo Show: Easton's Promise Art Gallery (August)
Juried into Plein Air Easton! Local Color. Jurist: Ned Mueller
Plein Air Easton Quick Draw
Juried into membership: Working Artists Forum