Meet: Jillian Artistry

Meet: Jillian Artistry

Jillian Gunlicks is a Sioux Falls based artist that specializes in bridal make-up and live wedding commissioned art. We sat down with her to learn about her company and experiences as an artist.

Meet Jillian.


Penny Tree: Tell us about yourself and your company?

I started exploring art when I was very young, mostly simple coloring and pencil drawings. By the time I was in high school I realized I had a passion and started taking private art lessons where I learned how to paint and use other mediums. I went to college and studied as an art major continuing to develop speed and skill. In 2013 I was asked by a friend to paint live at her brothers wedding. I was excited at the thought of this and once I did it I loved it. I loved the idea that I could paint in front of people who don't normally see the painting process. It's something different and unique that the guests love to watch and it's also a painting that the bride and groom get to have forever! Since that first live wedding painting I have created hundreds of family, pet, and wedding portraits as well as dozens of live wedding paintings. I could not be happier to do what I do.


Penny Tree: Since you were doing wedding paintings how did you transition into makeup as well?

Makeup seemed like a natural transition from painting. I was curious to see how I could use my artistic background and apply it to the face. I decided to take it to the next level and learn all I could from a school in Southern California. It was intense. My artistic background helped a lot to understand light and shadow along with color theory. I stayed in California for a couple of years doing photo shoots but eventually moved back to Sioux Falls. I jumped into the wedding industry and have been doing bridal makeup for the last seven years!


Penny Tree: What is your favorite part of the day to capture?

Wow... I don't think I have a favorite. I love every part of the wedding! Every one is so different because the couples are so different.

Penny Tree: What is your advice to brides and grooms?

My advice would be to try to be in the moment as much as you can. It is a big day with a lot going on but take time to soak it in. Enjoy it!

Penny Tree: What is the most exciting place you have been to capture a live wedding portrait?

I was just in Big Sur California last May for a Live Wedding Painting. That was amazing!! It was an outdoor wedding and the scenery was incredible. I was able to paint the bride and groom standing in a riverbed surrounded by the water and trees. That one was beyond fun!

Penny Tree: How do you spend your time outside of weddings and art? What are your other interests and hobbies?

I have a six-year-old daughter who I spend most of my time with. We love to be outside in the bike trails or hang out at coffee shops when it's cold. I home school so she tags along with me most places I go. I also love live music! When I get a night away I'm looking for any place that has music and friends!

Thanks Jillian!

If you have further questions or are interested in booking Jillian please contact her through the information below:

Jilllian Gunlicks


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