Faces of G&B
There are six pairs of hands that work together to produce our line of colors. From measuring pigment to mulling wet paint on the slab, carefully wrapping each plan, hand painting each color chart, packaging orders for shipment, responding to emails, and creating posts for our blog and monthly newsletters. We spend a lot of time together and rely on one another's strengths to accomplish our work each day.
We are pleased to meet you!
Founder, Co-Owner, Artist
I'm Jess Greenleaf and I founded G&B back in 2011. Anything you read here on our website, in our Newsletters, or on our Instagram account has been written by me. It's a pleasure to share our work and be in communication with you! I have a BFA in Art History and a passionate love of blueberries. When I'm not painting, writing, or carving brushes, historically I could be found climbing and cowboy camping with my husband Matt and pup Rosie out in the desert. These days you're more likely to find me cooing over our baby girl Aurora or playing the piano while I gaze at the large map of the West that hangs on the wall above it.
Favorite G&B color: Vivianite
Favorite food: Besides blueberries? Pomegranates. I could have easily named us Greenleaf & Pomegranate.
Favorite place: Switzerland in Fall. Colorado in Winter. Washington State in Summer. Forests of Missouri in Spring.
Next Vacation: Pacific Northwest
Favorite Artist: Maria Sibylla Merian
Favorite Music: My daughter's laughter
Favorite Book: Second Nature by Michael Pollan
Fun Fact: I really enjoy darning old socks.
Pet Peeve: Chain stores.
Co-Owner, Master Colourman
This is my husband and business partner Matt. He is the mad scientist behind our wonderful paint recipes. No detail is too small for his notice, no problem too inconsequential to run a new test on. In addition to being Master Colourman at G&B, he is also a fine woodworker, trail runner, and alpinist. He once biked from Bellingham, WA to the North Cascades National Park, trail ran in to the remote Picket Mountain Range, climbed the West McMillan Spire, and then did the whole trip in reverse. These days Aurora loves listening to him read her Dr. Seuss books.
Favorite G&B color: Malachite
Favorite food: Hot Tomato Pizza in Fruita, CO
Favorite place: North Cascades
Next Vacation: Methow Valley
Favorite Artist: My wife
Favorite Music: Chopin
Favorite Book: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Fun Fact: Getting to the bottom of Mt. Everest is harder than getting to the top of Mt. Rainier.
Pet Peeve: Aluminum cookware and dull knives.
Shipper Extraordinaire, Production
If you place an order with us, it will be carefully assembled, packaged, and shipped by Laurel. All of the handwritten notes accompanying each order are penned by her as well. What really stands out about Laurel (beseides her amazing technicolor hair) is her perfectionism and how much she really cares. If a color chart doesn't come out just right or a label isn't quite perfect, she'll start over. In addition to her work at G&B, Laurel is a talented cook. Just getting to listen to her describe her culinary inventions is a mouthwatering experience.
Favorite G&B color: Celadonite ♡♡♡
Favorite food: TEAAAA (it counts)
Favorite place: In any forest ever
Next Vacation: New York City???
Favorite Artist: Wife Beibei (She uses our colors!), Aria Fawn, Van Gogh
Favorite Music: Sonata Arctica, Billie Eilish, Sound Garden, Debussy (I have listened to all of these while shipping.)
Favorite Book: Any plant encyclopedia, Warriors Series
Fun Fact: I am an avid baker and cat aficionado.
Pet Peeve: Sugar ants are the bane of my existence.
Apprentice Paintmaker, Geologist
Nikki works side-by-side with Matt hand-mulling our small batches of color. Each pan she fills is a miniature work of art. She has a degree in Geology and brings a different level of depth and knowledge to bear in working with our pigments. Her passion and curiosity are contagious. Nikki is also a skilled artist and creates beautiful detailed work that showcases her passion for geology and paleontology. And there is no one more stoked about dinosaurs than Nikki.
Favorite G&B color: Malachite. Yellow Ochre.
Favorite food: Biscuits & Gravy
Favorite place: Leslie Butte, ID. White Sands, NM.
Next Vacation: Brooklyn, NY
Favorite Artist: J.A.W. Cooper
Favorite Music: David Bowie. Waaves.
Favorite Book: Watership Down by Richard Adams. Any geology book.
Fun Fact: I collect National Park pins. I cut off a piece of my index finger when I was 6.
Pet Peeve: Cat-calling. Slow drivers.
Alea is our jack-of-all-trades and wholesale guru. Everything she does is done beautifully and with a graceful efficiency. Alea holds a BA in Studio Arts, and has a specific depth of knowledge in penmanship and paper arts - she hand binds her own journals, which are exquisite, and sends the most beautiful snail mail. Her creativity, energy, and positive attitude are a delightful presence in our studios. Alea has also hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Her trail name is Trash Pockets.
Favorite G&B color: Yellow Ochre & Malachite
Favorite food: BLT Sandwiches
Favorite place: Outside on a trail with my sketchbook.
Next Vacation: Ride The Rockies bike ride!
Favorite Artist: Swoon
Favorite Music: Lake Street Dive, First Aid Kit, ELO
Favorite Book: My Antonía by Willa Cather
Fun Fact: I wrote a 20 page research paper on the History of Handmade Paper in the Czech Republic.
Pet Peeve: Changing lanes in intersections & bad apples
Colourman, Production, Itinerant Rock Climber
Matthew is a paintmaking machine and has a knack for mulling up batches of our most difficult colors with ease, precision, and gusto. He has a Philosophy degree with a Minor in Music, and an infectious energy and humor that electrify our studios. When he's not mulling up fresh batches of paint, he can be found dangling from a portaledge while climbing the big walls of Yosemite National Park in California or the desert towers of Utah. Matthew has also hiked both the entire Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. Many climbers know him as Yaris Matt.
Favorite G&B color: Malachite
Favorite food: Hot Wings from Longhorn Saloon in Edison, WA
Favorite place: Utah Desert
Next Vacation: Utah Desert
Favorite Artist: Nikki McShane, Jess Greenleaf, Hannah Marshall, Lisa Moody
Favorite Music: The Grateful Dead, especially their live shows in the 1970's.
Favorite Book: It by Stephen King
Fun Fact: In the last 3.5 years I've spent under 200 nights in a bed.
Pet Peeve: When people trash/disrespect the Utah Desert.
We appreciate you taking a few minutes to get to know us! Thank you for letting us be a part of your creative journey.