It’s a Party & You’re Invited! #art #sandiego #culture

Studio Grand Opening – Sat, June 21, 6 – 8 pm

710 13th Street @ G Street, Suite 201, San Diego 92101

Hi Fellow Bloggers and Followers, If you find yourself in or near San Diego next weekend, you are invited to celebrate the grand opening of my new studio. On view: recent paintings from The Consciousness Series.

Jill Joy - Art Lofts Studio - w Rain1,100 sq ft studio located on the 2nd floor of the Art Center Lofts building above the New School for Architecture. Featuring the acoustic music of Crumb Dread. Art, food, drink, music…What could be better?!

Please RSVP to and feel free to bring guests.


For the Passionate Valentine – Study for Smoldering #art #valentinesday

Study for Smoldering is an exploration of the nature of desire, especially as it foments to action despite efforts at suppression.


Jill Joy - Study for Smoldering - acrylic on canvas - 12x30" - 2013

Jill Joy – Study for Smoldering – acrylic on canvas – 12×30″ – 2013

Price upon request. Ships in time for Valentine’s Day. Inquiries? Contact Jill
This painting is part of my Consciousness Series, an expression of the unseen worlds of spiritual and emotional energy and their interplay as the individual soul evolves towards a higher state of consciousness.The rising sun icon in my work represents the emergence of the spirit or soul from the sea of ego based desires and attachments toward an illuminated state of unconditional love and forgiveness.

For the Self Reliant Valentine

Valentine’s day…the holiday of hearts and love. I have one here for you. Maybe for you or the one you love. A painting about independence, resilience and self love in the face of disappointment and the challenges life throws at us, teaching us to love ourselves above others so we can truly love others and have relationships that go beyond an exchange of need. How do we ever find true and unconditional love unless we learn to give it to ourselves? The poem below goes with this painting. Interested in purchase? Contact Jill

Jill Joy - Self Love Trumps Heartbreak - mixed media on canvas - 44x44" - 2006 - $2,400 includes shipping in the US

Jill Joy – Self Love Trumps Heartbreak – mixed media on canvas – 44×44″ – 2006 – $2,400 –  includes shipping in the US














I am the sea I’ve been seeking,
An ocean of love so pure.
A body of water to swim in
Endlessly without reaching shore.

I thought it was you and you and you,
But then you were there no more.
I kept thinking I’d find the one
If I knocked on a million doors.

Now I realize it’s just me.
As it has been all along.
A million melodies in the world
Only I can sing my song.

I can swim forever
Swim forever without end.
In the body of water that is me,
I am my own best friend.

Other people will float in my ocean,
Islands of pain and delight.
I am the vastness they reside in
An ocean of clear white light.

(c) Jill Joy



Transcendent Landscape @ Seattle Affordable Art Fair #art #seattle

This piece is at the Seattle Affordable Art Fair this weekend. If you are there stop by Booth C8 and have a look.

When I was very young, I read Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. It influenced me for the rest of my life and influenced this painting.

Jill Joy Transcendent Landscape - 48x48 - oil on canvas

Jill Joy Transcendent Landscape – oil on canvas – 48×48″ – 2011

In the book he wrote of a luminous spiritual reality that was ever present and eternal but that could not be seen with the physical eye. It could only be seen with the inner eye. This is a common idea in Eastern mystical thought, the idea of Maya or illusion, that this temporal reality is merely a scrim obscuring an enduring peaceful reality of Love.

Jill Joy - Transcendent Landscape Installation View - oil on canvas - 48x48" - 2011

Jill Joy – Transcendent Landscape Installation View – oil on canvas – 48×48″ – 2011

This painting, Transcendent Landscape, originated from an exploration of that idea. I imagined what it would be like to have little windows into this other reality, beyond the normal horizon we see from day to day. I sometimes feel I catch a glimpse of it, like catching a glimpse of the sun through the rain.

Small Works – I’m Only Sleeping #art

Many of you ask to be pointed in the direction of small, affordable work from the body of my collection. Here is one I love and have hung in my home until recently. Contact me at if you are interested in pricing.

Jill Joy - I'm only sleeping - mixed media on canvas - 20x20" - 2007

Jill Joy – I’m only sleeping – mixed media on canvas – 20×20″ – 2007

The title comes from the Beatles song and refers to the eastern spiritual idea that we are dreaming this reality. As I get older and develop myself spiritually, I get a sense of this more and more strongly, just as I get a sense of the blurring between my dream world and my waking life.

Dreams, I believe, are how our soul communicate to us. Well, it’s one of the ways. In choosing to pursue art full time, my soul’s calling, I have begun to feel I am living closer and closer to my soul with each passing day. Thus despite the discomforts of my new life, financial uncertainty, smaller cheaper housing, etc. I find myself if not happier, then more content or satisfied.

In the Distance #art

Jill Joy - In the Distance - oil on canvas - 24x48 -2013

Jill Joy – In the Distance – oil on canvas – 24×48 -2013 – Available

This painting is from my current series, Consciousness. The paintings in this series are atmospheric and slightly surreal. Basically they are me projecting my spiritual and emotional life on the outer world and landscape.

This painting in particular is a meditation on my current relationship. I painted it a couple of months ago not long after I’d re-entered a more or less “non traditional”, “non exclusive” relationship with my muse who I’ve been dating on and off for over 7 years now. I felt uncomfortable with this arrangement at first, even though I suggested it. We seemed to be unable to do without each other and yet both had many demands upon us that inhibited us from fulfilling all of the traditional obligations that go with a “relationship”.

In the distance signified my feeling that somewhere off in the distance we would find peace or reconciliation. In the ensuing months, I sort of feel I have. The structure of the relationship hasn’t changed but my perspective on it had deepened. I’ve come to realize that spiritually, I am getting exactly what I need. I am able to love and be loved without any sense of obligation. I expect he may feel the same.

Growth #art #poetry

Jill Joy - Growth - oil on canvas - 60x48" -2013

Jill Joy – Growth – oil on canvas – 60×48″ -2013 – Available

Change is upon me
The opening
of a closed heart
Blue green
(and) bursting

my capacity
to love

Change is upon me
The opening
of a closed heart
Blue green
(and) bursting

my understanding
of love

© Jill Joy 2013