Meet Our Vendor: Jill Bliss
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m an artist and naturalist living among the islands of the Salish Sea (NW Washington & BC Canada). In the summers I work as a naturalist aboard the M/V Odyssey out of Friday Harbor on San Juan island. In the winter I’m on one of the outer non-ferry-served Salish Sea islands in remote rented cabins to do my artwork and research among the plants and animals.
All my artwork is local nature drawn, painted or photographed. Depending on where I go each winter and how I get there dictates how much of my art supplies I can bring with me. Sometimes it’s just my i-Phone or camera, sometimes my archival ink pens can come also and sometimes I can bring my full paint kit.
The animal habitat pieces depict a Pacific Northwest native animal and all the plants and animals it lives with.
The nature art pieces are studies and reactions to specific events and creatures I’ve encountered in nature. Each one has a story behind it.
The mushroom medley pieces are created by collecting found items, arranging them and photographing them during daily fall & winter hikes. They began as daily instagram photos and are now prints, notecards & stickers.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I’ve been recuperating from a serious intestinal bacterial infection since last November, when I had to abandon off-grid remote island plans in Canada and head back to Obamacare-land. It’s been a tough road with many ER visits, surgery, restrictive diets and supplements, but I’m finally able to get back in the studio once again. Just in time for the winter art-making season!
What is your favorite new product for 2016?
The Mushroom Medley 2017 Calendar! I’m hoping this will be the first of many calendars featuring mushrooms and other artwork!
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
I’ll be leaving the island of 50 people where I’m spending this winter, piling all my wares onto a private boat, loading them into my van at the marina and driving to big city Seattle, where I’ll probably be totally overwhelmed by all the traffic and noise!
What do you love most about craft show vending?
Meeting my online friends and followers in person!
Be sure to visit us on Instagram for your chance to win your very own Mushroom Medley 2017 Calendar!