Jill Bliss - January 2012 Featured Artist

Jill Bliss


Portland, OR

When was the last time you ate a pancake?
Hmm. I made some a few weeks ago!

Favorite day of the week?
Sunday, my sleep-in day.

Favorite website besides your own?


Give us a brief description of you and your work.

Me and my artwork live on the west coast, specifically the Pacific Northwest. I depict native northwest plants & animals. I am not opposed to doing the same in, say, Africa or Asia or any other bio-region really, if a benefactor steps forward to fund that research!

What's your goal as an artist?

To learn about and depict ecosystems and the interconnections between all things. To help other people see these things also.

Why did you choose drawing/illustration?

Drawing has always been my method for understanding how things are constructed, and how they work.

Favorite type of melon?

All of them are fabulous.

Scale of 1-10 (low-high), Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup?


Who would win in a paint off between Gustav Klimt and Pierre-Auguste Renoir?

That would be a draw. Or in this case I guess you'd say a paint.

Why do you chose to show your artwork on Plywerk?

Because I got tired of making my own panels!

Does thinking of Plywerk give you love butterflies in your stomach?

Oh yes! all those perfectly sized panels and precision keyhole notches and the smooth sanded edges...yum! Oh, I guess it makes me hungry.

Favorite hair style?

Freshly washed.

Breakfast cereal of choice?

Fruit smoothies.

More about Jill

Jill Bliss began working as an NYC-based freelance illustrator and graphic designer in 2000. After graduating from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in illustration, she moved back to San Francisco a year later and established blissen.com, a website devoted to selling limited edition items made from left-over materials and made by various artists and crafters. Blissen, and other diy-enthusiast websites like it, were the small-scale equivalent of today’s etsy.com and it’s community. While in San Francisco, Jill received her MFA in design from California College of the Arts. In 2008 she moved to Portland to start her own studio and teach. The move to Oregon has helped Jill slow down somewhat, breathe, sleep, think and contemplate. Jill has an amazing spirit and is incredibly talented. She also does not believe in capital letters and actually removes the caps lock and shift keys from her keyboards.

Win a Jill Bliss Print on Plywerk

Post a comment bellow and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a 16x20 Jill Bliss print mounted on 3/4" bamboo Plywerk!!! We'll select a winner at random at the end of the month so make sure you come back to the blog in early February to see if you won and to check out the new featured artist!

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