She’s Come Undone #art #culture #sandiego

Here’s a new painting from my Energy Series.

Jill Joy - She's Come Undone - oil on canvas - 60x72" - 2013 - Available

Jill Joy – She’s Come Undone – oil on canvas – 60×72″ – 2013 – Available

I struggle to market these works…they are so different from my other series, Consciousness. It’s like I’m a bi-polar artist. But when someone is drawn to an energy painting, and better yet purchases it (so I can keep going!) it’s a profound and intimate experience.

Recently I’ve been putting together a small catalog of these works and I wrote this short poem to express the process of creation of these emotion based “energy” paintings. I’d like to know your thoughts.

joy, sorrow, awe, anger, longing

I become emotion
it pours through my body
onto canvas

I transform.
I evolve.

to Love

The canvas remains.
A static image of energy

of Life


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.


Love (human love as opposed to Divine Love) is a crazy, messy thing. I began this painting in New York around 2002 and finished it a couple of years later in 2005 shortly after re-locating to San Diego after my husband and I separated.

Jill Joy - LOVE - oil on canvas - 72x48 - 2005 - Available

Jill Joy – LOVE – oil on canvas – 72×48 – 2005 – Available

My experience of Love, true and lasting Love, is that it’s a journey. This was true of my relationship with my former husband (now friend) and has also been true of my current love which was has been an evolving process for 8 years.

I believe to truly love there has to be a purification of the ego (at least in my case there was). First I needed to really learn to love myself and meet most of my own needs and then I really needed to learn that I have to let people be who they are – it’s the greatest gift of love – acceptance.

This painting is from a series entitled Love and Other Words, a small group of large paintings I completed in 2005 and 2006 that explore the idea of love and incorporate words or poetry. It is thickly painted in oil and highly textured. The word “Love” is built up in relief on the canvas. Painted on primed canvas and stretched on hand built 2” stretchers, signed lower right.

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



It’s All Love #art

Jill Joy - Its All Love - oil and metal leaf on canvas - 60x48 -2013

Jill Joy – Its All Love – oil and metal leaf on canvas – 60×48″ -2013 – Sold

This painting was inspired by my continued quest to acknowledge love where it exists and to surrender to its power to transform and liberate me. It was painted while I listened to Madness by Muse. While this piece is about human love, it’s also about the aspect of divine love that exists within human love. Divine love – unyielding, unchanging, all powerful.

I grew up fairly emotionally isolated – my father left our family when I was 9 and my mom was a single working mother struggling with alcoholism.

Jill Joy - Studio View - Nov 2013 - "It's All Love" and "No Dark Without The Light" - New Avaialble Work

Jill Joy – Studio View – Nov 2013 – “It’s All Love” and “No Dark Without The Light” – New Work

I learned to be independent but possibly to a fault. Without realizing it I learned to push love away in an effort to protect myself by maintaining my independence. This painting is part of my journey to letting love in when and where it truly exists, not always easy for me to discern.

I lived with this painting for a while in my studio apartment once it was completed. It was an intense experience. I felt like I was in the presence of that demanding, transformative power that Love is. The heavy texture with the metal leaf combined to make the painting a living, breathing, ever-changing experience as the light played across as the sun moved across the sky each day.

It was purchased yesterday by one of my best clients. I was blown away that she could connect with and appreciate such an vital and intense painting. I am grateful it has found an appreciative new home.

Summoning The Heart of Love – @ San Diego Contemporary Art Fair #art #artsd2013

This painting is being featured at Booth #2 @ the San Diego Contemporary Art Fair this weekend. Contact Sergott Contemporary Art if you are interested in the painting. Read on if you want to hear the inspiration behind this piece.

Jill Joy - Summoning The Heart of Love - oil on canvas - 60x72" - 2012

Jill Joy – Summoning The Heart of Love – oil on canvas – 60×72″ – 2012 – $6,500

Summoning the Heart of Love is part of my Emotion Series– A dynamic, expressive body of work with the underlying idea that to express is to transform and evolve.

The  inspiration for this painting was a conversation I had with a friend about “The Secret”  and the idea that we summon that which comes to us with our thoughts. I believe this to be true, however I also believe that most of our thoughts are subconscious, beyond our awareness, and so we are often surprised when we get what comes to us.

Summoning The Heart of Love - Jill Joy w the team from Sergott Contemporary Art

Summoning The Heart of Love – Jill Joy w the team from Sergott Contemporary Art @ Art San Diego 2013

The idea for the painting developed from this conversation — what if I were to make a painting that expressed or “summoned”  the type of love I had been looking for and yet thus far had been unable to find, as though the painting were a “vision board” as they recommend you make in the Secret Video.

Jill Joy - Early Version of Summoning The Heart of Love - 2012

Jill Joy – Early Version of Summoning The Heart of Love – 2012

When I started the painting (first version above), I had recently spent the day at the beach with my former boyfriend (you’ve hear me call him my muse), He is someone I love dearly but with whom things never seemed to work out, despite 8 years of on again off again effort. It was a perfect sort of day at the beach, as it often was between us, but for the tension of unfulfilled love and attraction, which made it less than perfect. That day ended up sourcing the under painting above.

After sitting with it for some months it seemed unfinished. Raw somehow and one dimensional, or maybe idealized and thus untruthful. So I let it sit. After I saw the Life of Pi a few months later, I finished it the next day. I was inspired to completion by the scene in the movie when Pi, shipwrecked, just about gives up in the middle of the ocean, stranded for weeks, and about to be destroyed in a storm.

Scene from Life of Pi

Scene from Life of Pi

He completely surrenders, embraces chaos, love, death and God. I realized the love I was looking for was not love with a small “l” but Love with a capital “L”. Unconditional. All encompassing. Uncontrollable.

Scene from Life of Pi

Scene from Life of Pi

As for the on again off again man? It could be we are finally settling in to loving each other without conditions and learning to ride the wave. I’ll keep you posted 🙂