A week ago, we gave you a peek into Jill Bliss's home. This week, we're going to show you her beautiful artwork. And check back in later today, when we give away a set of her beautiful native herb art prints!
Jill is a talented artist and craftsperson who works in a number of mediums. Her artwork has graced journals, stationary, and notecards, and has been featured in magazines such as ReadyMade. To find out more about Jill's nature-inspired artwork, take a look at my interview with her when you read more.
Casa: What attracts you to drawing flora and trees?
Jill Bliss: Originally i began drawing plants as a way to remember their names [which actually didn't work within my visual brain!], but then i found the design repetition and small details within them intriguing—both individually and collectively. Drawing the subtle movement and growth within plants suits the meditative quality of my drawing style. Whenever i try and draw people or people-made things now I'm distracted by their "speed."
Casa: When did you first think of yourself as an artist? What prompted this realization?
Jill Bliss: It wasn't until a few years ago that i was willing to accept that i was an artist! This realization only came about after a business deal went wrong and i stood to lose everything I'd created.
Casa: Have you had any "big breaks" in the art world?
Jill Bliss: Having a series of stationery published by Chronicle Books certainly seems like a "big break," and I'm very happy to have fulfilled my childhood dream of designing a line of stationery! But unfortunately it's not the financially rewarding endeavor that everyone assumes it to be. I continue to juggle various day jobs to make ends meet.
Casa: You recently moved to Portland. Any plants up there that you find particularly intriguing?
Jill Bliss: There are different weeds up here! There are also many more types of nut trees, and lots of mosses now that the rainy season's started, which i love. My dog gets annoyed on our daily walks because I'm constantly stopping to inspect things!
Casa: What other artists' work do you find inspiring?
Jill Bliss: Working with Saelee Oh and visiting her studio she shares with several other artists is always so inspiring. There's always so much to see there!
Casa How do you use your artist's eye to your home's best advantage?
Jill Bliss: I'm pretty handy with fabric, paint, and a table saw—or a jig saw in a pinch. I have a constant list of home improvement projects no matter where I live or work, and no matter how long I plan to be there! There's something in my DNA that needs to constantly improve my surroundings with whatever materials I have on hand. With our current place, I'm excited to have a yard for the first time as an adult and explore working with native vegetation and a vegetable garden. And poppies, of course!