Faces of G&B

There are many 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, Creative Director

Jess Greenleaf Greenleaf & Blueberry Handmade Watercolors Natural Pigments Supplies & Materials For The Traveling Artist

Salutations!  I'm Jess Greenleaf, and delighted you are here.  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:  Violet Hematite

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

Favorite Snack:  Apples & peanut butter

Current Hobby:  Refurbishing antique sewing machines

Collection:  Vintage pencils



Co-Owner, Master Colourman

Matt Greenleaf & Blueberry Handmade Watercolors Natural Pigments Supplies & Materials For The Traveling Artist

 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.

Favorite Snack:  Jumbo sunflower seeds

Current Hobby:  Trail running

Collection:  Very specific Griswold skillets





Dave Greenleaf & Blueberry Handmade Watercolors Natural Pigments Traveling Art Supplies

Dave spends his days working with our color batches and making sure everything is just right as it cures.  His methodical scrutiny ensures our quality standards are consistently met or surpassed.  Dave is something of a Renaissance man; in addition to being a professional in a rather archaic and obscure line of work, he is a fine woodworker, writer, experienced canyoneer, and those who have happened to catch him know he has a lovely singing voice.  

Favorite G&B color:  Smalt

Favorite food:  Lasagna

Favorite place:  North Wash, UT

Next Vacation:  White Rim Trail, Canyonlands

Favorite Artist:  Andrew Wyeth

Favorite Music:  Band of Horses

Favorite Book:  Catch 22

Fun Fact:  I was delivered by Meredith Vieira's dad.

Pet Peeve:  Tailgating, aggressive driving

Favorite Snack:  Pretzel rods

Current Hobby:  Woodworking

Current Collections:  Books about Utah and Colorado River History


Finishing & Shipping 

Savannah Greenleaf & Blueberry Supplies & Materials For The Traveling Artist Handmade Watercolors Natural Pigments

Savannah is our swatch-painter extraordinaire, and has a knack for making all things look effortlessly beautiful.  Many of the pans of color you receive from us have been carefully wrapped, swatched, and packaged by Savannah.  She holds a BFA in Illustration and enjoys working in many different artistic mediums, her favorites being watercolor and gouache.  Savannah has an electric enthusiasm that energizes anyone who has the pleasure of working near her.  She has also made our studios come alive with the "plant babies" she has brought in from her amazing collection.

Favorite G&B color:  Potter's Pink, Vivianite, Yellow Ochre

Favorite food:  Pad Thai from Thai #9

Favorite place:  Multonomah Falls, Oregon

Next Vacation:  Camping in Moab

Favorite Artist:  Audra Auclair, Renoir, Abigail Ervin

Favorite Music:  Vampire Weekend, Fleetwood Mac, and Deathcab for Cutie

Favorite Book:  Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Fun Fact:  I once played Magenta in a live Rocky Horror Picture Show

Pet Peeve:  Repetitive beeping sounds

Favorite Snack:  Avocado & Triscuits

Current Hobby: Learning the Ukelele

Collections:  Hand-shaped knickknacks, vintages scarves from my travels, vintage tins, jars for my many other collections


We appreciate you taking a few minutes to get to know us!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your creative journey.

jess Greenleaf Artist Greenleaf and Blueberry




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