Jill A. Rupinski creates narrative works from observed forms of the human portrait and nature. Her landscape work is surreal, drawing on ideas about perception, and hidden form. Jill's portraiture evolves through conversation with the sitter, to research places, implements and relationships resulting in a visual story with the subject.
She is equally a painter in oil as well as in chalk and soft pastel. She is represented by Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio in Philadelphia. Her works and commissions reside in many public and private collections including Arcadia, Colgate and Villanova Universities, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hospital, and the University of Pennsylvania.
She received her BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, 1981, and a Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 1977. Among her awards are the prestigious William Emlen Cresson Memorial Travel Scholarship, PAFA, 1976, first recipient of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Fine Arts from PAFA, 1977, recipient of the Percy Owens Memorial Award for a Distinguished Pennsylvania Artist, 1997, Fellowship of PAFA. Selected to participate in the Senior Artist Initiative Oral History Project, 2014. Jill teaches Drawing and Painting in the BFA program. She is also an instructor in the Continuing Education program.