Bella Blue DesignsART SHOP
Welcome! Bella Blue Earth / Bella Blue Designs is based in Maple Falls, Washington in the foothills of Mount Baker surrounded by rivers where salmon spawn and bald eagles come spend the winter, where farms and barns seem to have personalities all their own, and flowers, birds and wildlife burst into inspiration here in our art studio. My name is Jocelyn Suzanne Hoey and nature's inspirations bring life to my illustrations, greeting cards and art prints. I've been a graphic designer and digital illustrator for over 25 years and am excited to be focusing exclusively on illustrations celebrating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, particularly Whatcom County and the beautiful countryside surrounding Bellingham, WA, below giant Mt Baker.
My husband and I arrived in Washington state in late 2018 after many lovely years in Northern California abruptly ended after a forest fire whipped through our town, spitting us out like little pinecone seeds where we eventually landed fairly softly here in Maple Falls. We were eager to soak up the rain and relaunch Bella Blue Designs with a renewed focus on art and illustration inspired by the natural wonders of the Cascades.
We set up BellaBlueEarth as our online shopping site and began offering my artwork for sale on greeting cards, tee shirts and art prints, using print on demand for most projects to start. We now print our greeting cards in small batches of 75, our digital prints are done 20 at a time, tee shirts and framed archival giclee prints are printed on demand one at a time.
I am delighted and amazed by the plants and birds that are new to me since moving to Whatcom County. The ever changing weather, the forest, the rivers and the salmon were calling to me and I began learning about the ecology of the area. The shapes, colors and patterns of the foliage is so inspirational I began drawing more than I have in years. The forest fire destroyed all of my artwork and I've been excited to find this area is motivating me more than ever to create again. Scenes like the swans in the muddy farm fields during winter and woodpeckers at my window have brought me so much joy. I hope you also find the joy in my artwork celebrating the beauty of earth.
As 2020 began many of our lives suddenly changed. I've felt inspired to fill a need and help encourage friends and family to stay creative and positive during this time. I began to curate activities and games that can be enjoyed at home either alone or in our small isolation bubbles. With the pandemic, new challenges are everywhere. But we also have a rare gift of time and space. We can make the most of our evenings home by learning new crafts, journaling, or coloring to relax. Bella Blue Earth online shopping helps make shopping for unique activities, fun new games and jigsaw puzzles safe and easy with our new curated Fun and Games section. We've even added care packages so you can easily send a surprise to a friend to brighten their day!
Stay creative, be inspired and make some art!
I am honored that my art has been used to support N-SEA, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Whatcom County's local organization helping salmon recovery. My illustrations can also be seen in many projects for Harbin Hot Springs, Northern California's cherished hot springs retreat center located in Lake County, CA. Thank you for visiting and supporting our small business!
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