Jill Soukup was born in Buffalo, New York. Shortly thereafter, her family moved to Colorado where she still resides. Jill’s affinity for horses as a young girl resulted in countless drawings and studies of them, which made for a strong drawing foundation. As a teen, she started a pet-portrait business, acquired jobs painting murals and designed logos for local organizations. She graduated from Colorado State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Initially, she pursued a career in graphic design while continuing to paint part time. After eleven years as a designer, she made the switch to full-time painting. Her work continues to gain recognition as she receives awards, appears in national publications, and shows in important juried and solo exhibitions.