Jill Starkey

I lived over thirty years in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado; doing anything I could as well as painting and teaching art (including farming, ranching, cooking, outfitting, school teacher, school bus, tractor, truck and combine driver, milked cows and goats and learned to butcher what ever needed.)

I moved in 2000 to the “mysterious and distant” front range town of Beulah.

Copyright 2017 Pikes Peak Pastel Society, P.O. Box 2443 Colorado Springs, CO 80901-2443

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Orange Dahlias

Orange Dahlias


December Sunrise

December Sunrise

I have taught art privately starting in 1981 in the San Luis Valley.

I started teaching art classes again in Beulah in 2001 and in 2008 I moved into Pueblo where I continue to teach two weekly classes as well as one Saturday class a month at my studio.

I currently offer several levels of classes at my studio here in Pueblo. My primary medium is Pastel although I recently opened up my classes to mid to advanced level oil painters.

I have been a part of the Steel City Art Works gallery since it’s inception almost 5 years ago.

I am a member of the Pikes Peak Pastel Society.

I started studying art in 1963 at a local art guild. In 1968 I attended the Newark School of fine and industrial arts in Newark, New Jersey and followed that with a few years at the Rocky Mt. School of Art in Denver.

Teaching art is as much a passion for me as painting is.

I was born in 1950 in Newark New Jersey and moved to Colorado in 1970. I gave birth to a daughter, Jesse, in 1981 in Del Norte, Colorado and feel that even though I was not born here I am as close to a native as a person can get who was from elsewhere.

My mother was a painter, my grandmother and my great grandmother were fiber artists, my daughter is also a fiber artists. Art runs strong in the blood of the women of my lineage.