Joshua Tree Art Gallery | Jill Carey Michaels
Created 28-Nov-16
10 photos

Artist Bio
Professor Jill Carey Michaels, painter, writer, musician and storytelling DJ host of Joshua Tree’s radioshow, “Desert Storysongs,” knew from a young age that she was an artist; her free time was spent drawing and writing in sketchbooks. After Jill earned a BFA in Illustration from Philadelphia College of Art, she launched her own illustration company, Two Hearts Gifts; inspired by a passion for pen and ink and watercolor. She printed and hand painted her unique designs, eventually selling them to such clients as The Museum of American Folk Art in Lincoln Center and Nordstrom Department stores throughout California. With the focus leaning more towards technology, the entrepreneur made a shift, immersed herself and received an MFA in Computer Art from The School of Visual Arts in NYC. While there, she wound up working in the Computer Graphics department for NBC, Court TV, and various Internet companies. Whether she is writing and illustrating whimsical books such as, “Debutante without a dress” or “No customer service,” the artist creatively documents everyday life in visual and audio narration. A former New York University English professor, Jill now lives in Yucca Valley with her husband, musician Ed Michaels and teaches Digital Storytelling, Animation, Graphic Art and Drawing courses for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online.

Artist Statement
My mix media paintings, “Highway Art” were inspired by the uniquely American experience of driving coast to coast on the interstate. I am visually stimulated whenever I take one of those long trips. This collection reflects my impression of modern America; as billboards, tollbooths, truck stops and skylines rushed past my car window; coming in and out of focus in a haunting dreamlike tapestry. In order to converge dimensions, I paint, draw, write poems and collage onto the raw canvas; connecting familiar imagery that is often overlooked, yet upon closer inspection, may tell a complex, beautiful story.

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