Featured NW Artist: Jennifer McGill

 Featured NW Artist: Jennifer McGill

A Painted Love Letter to Skagit

Remember those plastic watercolor paint sets we all had as kids? For most of us, it was just an item on the school supply list. For artist Jennifer McGill, it was a gift that ignited her interest in painting. In high school, she worked in an art supply store and in college she honed her skills in the watercolor medium.

A few years ago, she delved into oil painting and was instantly smitten! "It has a beautiful gem-like quality," Jennifer explains. "It lasts for hundreds of years. I love it." Inspired by the strong compositions of 20th century American realist painters Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, Jennifer focuses on telling interesting stories through the configuration of her pieces.

Jennifer has an ongoing Skagit Gem Series - inspired by iconic places in Skagit County. "There is so much here; there is really endless subject matter. I could spend a lifetime painting things that are just absolutely beautiful. We live in a gorgeous place."

Whether it's the Rainbow Bridge, the Swinomish Channel or the dazzling tulip fields, viewers of Jennifer's paintings instantly see their own memories captured in vivid oil colors.

To see some of Jennifer McGill's dynamic work, or commission a painting, please visit her website at: jamcgill.com