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Life & Work with (MJ) Michelle Jacobson

Today we’d like to introduce you to MJ (Michelle Jacobson).

Hi MJ, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Intuition, adaptability, and a drive to discover new perspectives has led me to a lifelong pilgrimage of creating visual art. Spirituality, science, and my love for the outdoors inspires me to live poetically. I discover the simple beauties of life over and over again. Painting on hillsides, sleeping in meadows, swimming in the ocean, drawing and gardening with my hands. I create mixed media journal pages. I paint oil outside in the landscapes. I catch my thoughts into poems, and I use my voice to share them.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I focus on the adventure of life. I sing, dance, and sidestep. The most terrifying moments are often my happiest. While solo hiking the Lost Coast Trail in Humboldt County, December 2020, I sang songs in the elements as I walked. It was during a storm with high king tides, which made the coastal trail dangerous. Before I departed, the rangers advised me not to go because of the unpredictable weather. There were bear tracks on the trail, it rained, I was alone, there was ice on the ground, and cold wind as I climbed to the King Peak Summit, 4,091 feet elevation from the sea. I walked along the ridge of the mountain as the sun set. The light was reflecting on the water. This is a literal metaphor for how I engage with challenges: I play. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My favorite thing about making art is that I choose the most beautiful places to create, like Big Sur, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the San Francisco Bay. I’m inspired by the Beat Poets, and painters Georgia O’keeffe, Winslow Homer, Claude Monet. Art is a holistic practice of deconstruction, healing, unlearning, and a natural form of human expression. I like the challenge, complexity, and risk of living authentically. Whatever is happening in my life, I channel and layer it into the work.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I studied art and piano, played outside with my brothers riding bikes and climbing trees, and was a part of the Los Angeles County Jr. Lifeguard Program, where I learned to surf in Malibu. I was shy, and full of wonder.

Contact Info:

Berkeley Marina (2019) Pen and markers in sketchbook 8×10 inches $70

Bolinas Lagoon (2021) Mixed media in sketchbook 9×12 inches $80

Berkeley Cottage Ink on paper 18×24 inches $100

Bolinas Beach Oil on canvas board 9×12 inches $80

Broccoli Tree Oil on canvas board 9×12 inches $80

Dolphins Feeding Ink and watercolour on paper 12×9 inches $80

Water Drop Ink and watercolour on paper 16×12 inches $90

Pool Mixed media on paper 24×18 inches $100

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