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On this week's episode, Ed connected with the great artist Jill Soukup for a conversation about everything from her professional journey as an artist, to her love of teaching, to the diverse set of influences that fuel her creativity.

Jill has been a long-standing member of the Ranchlands community for well over a decade– she teaches one of our most sought-after workshops at the Zapata Ranch, and she’s a frequent visiting artist at the Chico Basin Ranch. Year after year, Jill has demonstrated her ability to not only produce stunning, one-of-a-kind art, but also to teach artists of all skill levels how to fully tap into their own creative potential.

Whether you are an aspiring artist or simply a person who loves horses and western landscapes, we know you’ll appreciate Jill’s outlook and approach to her art. Her curiosity and commitment to creativity are infectious, and we really appreciate her taking the time to share some of her hard-earned wisdom with us.

Our Guest

Jill Soukup was born in Buffalo, New York. Shortly thereafter, her family moved to Colorado, where she still resides. Jill’s affinity for horses as a young girl resulted in countless drawings and studies of them, which made for a strong drawing foundation. As a teen, she started a pet-portrait business, acquired jobs painting murals, and designed logos for local organizations. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. There, she received awards for illustration and design and worked as an illustrator and designer for the university. She initially pursued a career in graphic design while continuing to paint part time. After 11 years as a designer, she made the switch to full-time painting. Her work continues to gain recognition as she receives awards, appears in national publications, and shows in important juried and one-woman exhibitions.

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