About the Artist

Jill Basham

Landscape Oil Painter: Studio and Plein Air

Jill Basham - Biography


Biography:Jill Basham

Jill Basham


“I am passionate about my art and aim to paint everyday.  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 scene.  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 the 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 Painter’s of the Mid-Atlantic”, by Gary Pendleton. Basham’s work has been featured in PleinAir Magazine’s “Why This Works”, an analysis of what makes a particular painting successful. Basham was juried into The Salmagundi Club, NYC as an Artist Member in 2012. Other memberships include:  The American Impressionist Society, Oil Painter’s of America, The Working Artist’s Forum and The Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. 

Shows, Exhibitions and Honors:
BoldBrush Competition: "BoldBrush" Award (First Place), January, 2015
Plein-Air Magazine/Outdoor Painter: Article, "Why This Works", an analysis of work for painting, "Bath County Beauty"
Invited Artist: Olmsted Plein Air, Atlanta, GA, April 22-26, 2015
January 10 - March 10, 2015 - Maryland My Maryland, McBride Gallery and Maryland House of Delegates, Annapolis, MD
Group Show: Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD, "Size Matters: a collection of Small and Large Works" February
Three Person Show: "New Artists, New Voices", South Street Art Gallery, Easton, MD, March 4-28
Salmagundi Club: "Thumb Box Exhibition", Award for "Ferry Bridge Lane"
American Landscapes: Scenes from the Americas (National Show), "The Strip" juried
Bath County Plein-Air: Invited Artist 
National Oil and Acrylic Painters: Awarded 'Best Landscape", Spring 2014 Online Exhibition 2014 for "Winter in the Country"
Juried into Plein-Air Easton! 2014 by Christopher Forbes
Juried into Paint Annapolis 2014 by Ned Mueller
Solo Show, "Making Waves" Color Wheel Gallery 65, McLean, VA (3/3-3/28) Extended to April 15th
American Art Collector March Edition for Solo Show "Making Waves"
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
Juried into membership: Working Artists Forum