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!

 

Jess
Founder, Co-Owner, Creative Director

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

 

 

Matt
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

 

Alea
General Manager

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

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:  The Overstory by Richard Powers

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

Favorite Snack:  Red Hot Blues!

Current Hobbies:  Knitting, bookbinding, mending, sewing overalls, quilting, and I'm excited to try spoon-carving and basket-weaving soon!

Collection:  Teas, old printmaking books, seeds, and fountain pens

 

 

Salina
Colourwoman

Salina Greenleaf & Blueberry Handmade Watercolors Natural Pigments

Salina spends her time in the Paint Room, mulling up batches of our colors.  She is a quiet but powerful force, and no detail is too small to escape her notice.  Salina earned a BFA in Studio Art, graduating magna cum laude and making both the President's and Dean's list.  Her favorite artistic medium to work in is watercolor, so she brings to bear both a meticulous work ethic and a passionate love for the medium itself.  Her perfectionistic tendencies and gentle kindness are a daily joy that make it a pleasure to work alongside her.

Favorite G&B color:  Vivianite

Favorite food:  Soup - especially pho

Favorite place:  Blue Lakes or home with a book

Next Vacation:  Honeymoon somewhere!  Post-covid...

Favorite Artist:  So many!  Laura Ball, Dali, Monet

Favorite Music:  90's Alternative (Third Eye Blind / Goo Goo Dolls / Counting Crows etc.)

Favorite Book:  Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Fun Fact:  I know all the words to "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies

Pet Peeve:  Single use plastic, or just wastefulness in general.

Favorite Snack:  Sweet potato fries

Current Hobby:  Painting succulents, bullet journaling

Current Collections:  Hoodies and coffee mugs

 

 

Dave
Colourman

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, arrgressive driving

Favorite Snack:  Pretzel rods

Current Hobby:  Woodworking

Current Collections:  Books about Utah and Colorado River History

 

Marisa
Finishing & Shipping

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

Marisa oversees all of our shipping and the finishing touches of all of our products.  No detail escapes her notice or is too small to scrutinize.  She earned a BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and a certificate in Native American and Indigenous People's Studies.  In addition, she is also a skilled printmaker and enjoys expressing her curiosity and interested through her art.  She also has a superpower: organization, which is like a magic touch in our studios.  Her kindness and enthusiasm have brought a joy and warmth that we will dearly miss when she leaves us for dental school this fall.

Favorite G&B color:  Lamp Black & Faux Pearl

Favorite food:  Mashed potatoes or ice cream

Favorite place:  Anywhere in the Colorado Mountinas or my bed

Next Vacation:  Santorini, Greece (I hope)

Favorite Artist:  Gregg Deal & Jamie Okuma

Favorite Music:  Lumineers & Fleetwood Mac

Favorite Book:  Last Standing Woman by Winona LaDuke

Fun Fact:  I was born on Valentine's Day and wore a red hat home from the hospital.

Pet Peeve:  Annoying, repetitive noises (misophonia), disorganization

Favorite Snack:  Popcorn, honey-crisp applies, chips & guac

Current Hobbies:  Reading, yoga, baking, and snuggling with my cat, Misty

Collections:  Stickers, cards written to me, hotel lotions

 

Savannah
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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