Jill Banks

Close Encounters

September 1 – September 30, 2017

Opening Night Friday, September 1, 5:00 – 8:00 PM


As did the founders of Impressionism, Virginia artist Banks captures the mood, atmosphere and sense of her subjects in everyday life. “I love that people see their own stories or memories in my paintings. I want you by my side, witnessing what’s in front of us … becoming a part of the scene." says the artist

 “Cabaret,” focuses on a lone figure who looks away yet still draws us near with her story. Of the show's eleven oil paintings, it is the most intimate view.  Other paintings depict relationships and interactions in a more public arena. “The Snuggery” and “Ladies Lunch” are set in a warm interiors lit up with conversation and familiarity. Banks successfully places us in the room with those subjects.

Jill travels extensively on painting trips, not just to see new places but to meet new people. “The new and unknown immediately inspires me to see with fresh eyes, seek out potential revelations”, states Banks.  Setting up her easel on location allows Banks to observe the scene that unfolds, plus meet and interact with the interesting characters that wander onto her canvas.

Edward Hopper's wife, Josephine has been known to have said, “It took me a long time to realize that when he is looking out the window, he is working“. Just like Edward Hopper, Banks is always working, seeing more intensely and inquisitively all the time. Everything around her is a potential subject or may hold the secret to future paintings.

You will have the opportunity to meet the artist opening night.

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