Jill Soukup(American, b. 1969)
Soukup was born in Buffalo, New York. Shortly thereafter her family moved to Colorado, where she still resides. As a young girl, Soukup had an affinity for horses that resulted in countless drawings and studies of them, which made for a strong drawing foundation. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in fine art. There, she received awards for illustration and design and worked as an illustrator and a 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 painting full time. A student of Quang Ho, her work continues to gain recognition as she receives awards, appears in national publications, and shows in important juried and solo exhibitions.