Des images découvertes un dimanche soir avant de s’endormir qui par leur ‘nature’, leurs multitudes de couleurs et leur composition artistique, vous illuminent le cerveau pour espérer une nuit tranquille.

Le travail d’une jeune Californienne, Jill Bliss, qui habite sur une ile le long de la côte nord de l’Etat, et qui s’inspire de la végétation et de l’environnement sauvage pour recréer de la beauté.

Son site web :https://www.jillbliss.com – Images ci-dessous : Collection “The Magical Mystery of Mushrooms”.

Jill Bliss is an artist (and naturalist, educator, farmhand, caretaker, and deckhand) who lives on a small island in the Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012 she sold her house and nearly everything she owned to move to the island and reconnect with nature after a busy career as a designer in New York and San Francisco. Using a wide assortment of the beautifully vibrant wild fungi she finds, Bliss turns them into stunning arrangements and photographs them for a project she calls Nature Medleys.

MY story – GENTLE ADVENTURES IN ART & NATURE

I live and travel among the islands in the Salish Sea, an intricate network of coastal waterways that stretches from British Columbia to the Pacific Northwest. Here among the temperate rainforests I take on odd jobs, go on quiet nature-infused adventures, and create artwork that combines illustration, photography, animation and the temporary arrangement of local plants, mushrooms and other found items. 

BEGINNINGS ARE ENDINGS ARE BEGINNINGS

I spent my seminal childhood years on a plum and walnut farm in northern California, while my adult life as a designer and artist took place in the big cities of New York, San Francisco and Portland OR. In 2012 I sold most everything I owned and bought a van, embarking on a year-long self-imposed west coast sabbatical to reconnect with the slower natural pace and living things I knew and adored as a child. That sabbatical year has stretched into a new life chapter – I’ve been living, working, traveling and exploring out here in the islands ever since.

SLOW LIVING, BUILDING, BEING

Eight years of frugal nomadic island living ended in 2020. After a few years of financial and health-related false starts, I was able to establish roots and began self-building my forever home and art studio on a small non-ferry-served island just as the pandemic began.

Savings bought the land a few years’ prior. Selling my boat financed the basic infrastructure. A small inheritance from my parents’ passing bought the basic house framing kit and roof. All other components are or will be found, salvaged or paid for as funds allow. Friends and neighbors have lent a hand and/or equipment, either freely or at friendly rates (THANK YOU!). I expect that this latest art project of mine will take the rest of my life to complete.

ART WORK, COMMUNITY WORK

I am not able to work in my studio creating art year-round. Out of financial necessity, I take on other types of work as well. Sometimes these jobs relate directly to my ongoing bioregional studies, other times I am doing work to help others in my island community. These jobs allow me the breathing room to create the art work I feel most compelled to do, while also constraining the time in which I have to create it.

SUMMER SOCIALIZING

I relish the spring and summer months working with other community members and our seasonal visitors and residents. For several years my primary summer work was naturalist and deckhand aboard M/V Odyssey in Friday Harbor on San Juan island. I also sell my wares at local outdoor markets when possible. Summer is my season for socializing and sharing what I’ve learned about the natural world here in Cascadia and encouraging visitors to explore and learn about the natural world that surrounds them wherever they live.

 

WINTER HIBERNATION

I equally relish big blocks of time in the winter to draw, paint, think, explore. My preference is a living space among wild animals and semi-feral people for neighbors, mentors and muses. These are the months for hibernation, quiet reflection, close observations of discreet moments in nature, art making, sleeping, reading, cooking, stoking wood stove fires, hiking and kayaking in the rain. Sometimes in my PJs.

Support for localized, resilient communities & organizations

Your purchase has purpose! When you purchase my artwork or wares, know that you are supporting my ongoing studies and work, my island community, and local indigenous, environmental and social justice organizations. I share at least 10% of my earnings each year (more when I can spare it) with local individuals and organizations doing restoration work.

 

Updated/maj. 17-01-2022

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