Spring 2020 Nature Artists’ Guild Featured Artist Jill Adzia –
Blending art and nature study, my art journey began at a young age with the encouragement from my artistic mother, Ruth. She was my first teacher in nature and art and never missed an opportunity to teach me about trees, flowers and birds and how to draw them. Our family spent many hours outdoors in Southern Indiana appreciating nature’s beauty.
After studies at Indiana University, I was on to an airline career. While traveling with my husband, Dan, my interest in art continued. This lead me to writing and illustrating a personal development book, The View of You for Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
In 2001, I received a certification from the Morton Arboretum in Botanical Art and Illustration. This three-year study program had a curriculum in art classes, scientific study and outdoor tree and plant identification. At that time, “scratchboard technique,” which is a form of engraving on a black board, became my special interest. I often add colored ink or liquid acrylic to the art piece.
Joining the Nature Artists’ Guild in 2005, I served as President for two years, and continue to be active in the Guild. Exhibiting in the Guild shows and outside exhibits, I frequently, instruct art classes, do demonstrations, and present programs to local groups. Teaching art and training new teachers for Young Rembrandts aafter-school enrichment program was a rewarding experience. Helping young artists develop their creativity was a gratifying experience.
My Holiday card collection began in 2003. Each year, I create an art piece that many collect. From Illinois, Texas, New York, to California. I also have a special “Card Gallery” in Normandy, France. It gives me pleasure to know others enjoy an original greeting!
As my journey continues, I send a huge THANK YOU to my wonderful friends and dear family who continually inspire, encourage and support me in life and on my art journey. Also, THANK YOU to the Nature Artists’ Guild of the Morton Arboretum for this honor and opportunity to be “Spring Featured Artist, 2020.”