“To me art is all around us in all shapes and forms. I am drawn to paint the people and world around me.”
Inspired by the world around her, Jill Baldinger expresses herself through color, line, and texture. Using life models, still life, photographs, and imagination, Jill creates works in many different mediums. Working primarily in watercolor, Jill catches little moments in time using a series or grouping of subjects.
Growing up in Fairfax County, Virginia, Jill Baldinger started drawing and painting in elementary school. Anytime there was an art project to do, Jill had her hands in it from creating posters to decorating the classroom with pictures of what was being studied.
In high school Jill concentrated on extra credit classes in art. Spending any free time in the art department, she learned new techniques and discussed with two teachers who worked as artists how to be an artist. The principal of the school purchased her senior project, a large oil painting, “Pine Cone”.
At Northern Virginia Community College Jill studied Graphic Design and Print Making. Again Jill took extra credit courses in drawing, painting and printmaking. During college Jill worked at The Moser Gallery in Fairfax City, Virginia, where her appreciation for different styles of art grew. Jill stayed at the gallery for nine years, and managed their second gallery in Chantilly, Virginia, for three more years.
After her husband retired, Jill decided to own her own gallery, Fieldstone Framing and Art in Berryville, Virginia. After two years the business was sold and Jill and her husband moved to thirty acres on top of a mountain in West Virginia. Now having time to concentrate on her art, Jill began to experiment in many mediums from watercolor, oil, and acrylic, to paper art. Since moving to West Virginia, Jill has enjoyed painting theatre sets, and backdrops in the productions that her husband has acted in. After their mountain top experience, these “city folk” moved into the city of Keyser.
In 2003 Jill had the opportunity to be a part of the start up of the Arts at Canal Place, a Cooperative of artists from the tri-state area. Jill is the Membership Chairperson for the gallery and she is also a member of the Western Maryland Watercolor Society, and the Allegany Arts Council. Jill’s watercolor “The Embassy” was one of five pieces chosen for the 2005 PACE post cards given to the Maryland State Legislators and staffers to showcase Western Maryland.