There are not many pastel artists in the area. Having taken up pastel painting several years ago, I knew this was the perfect medium for me. Pastel is pure pigment and the colors reflect what I see everyday – pure, clean air, bright sunshine, sweeping landscapes, old buildings, and colorful gardens, etc. My paintings provide a very deep sense of place and love of our landscape.

Jill Knutson

PO Box 1016
Paonia, CO 81428

Why do you value the Creative Industries in the North Fork?

There are so many creative people in the NorthFork Valley. Not only the growers and products that come from the farms and orchards, but the musicians, photographers, craftspeople, and visual artists, all combine to contribute to a robust community. I feel I can do my art and share it with others and they really GET the feeling I am experiencing while painting.