My name is Emily Caven, and I am the creator of this independent art enterprise I call Blue Jay Bay. My aim is to bring happiness, fun, + vibrancy to you through my art collections.
I think of myself as a sort of Scientist-Artist hybrid. The scientist in me is always exploring and learning, applying new techniques in my creative pursuits. I am an eternal student, passionate about traveling down the creative path in a range of art disciplines and mediums. I'm an explorer at heart, a creative spirit, someone who wanders off the common trail.
My art studio toolboxes include photography, watercolors, illustration, acrylic paints, collage, stamps, oil pastels, needle + thread, as well as my trusty computer.
My art is a mixture of realistic and abstract interpretations, and I am very fond of lively, dynamic color schemes. I often paint with a limited palette, using just a few paint colors in a single piece of art.
My paintings are fun and vibrant celebrations of the subject matter, appealing to nature lovers, travelers, pet owners, classic car lovers (especially air-cooled VWs), happiness seekers, + gift givers of many stripes.
I paint birds + plants, cool cars + dogs, landscapes + abstracts, maps + patterns; basically, these are subjects that bring me joy! You know what else brings me joy? Hugging a 450+ year old Douglas fir tree while visiting Washington state!
My hope is that my artwork brings happiness to those who hang it on their walls, reminding them of fun places, meaningful times, and loved ones near and far.
My childhood was based in Connecticut, enjoying Long Island Sound in all four seasons, exploring the historic charms of New England, growing up in a large Irish Catholic family, with a few dogs and cats always in the mix.
When I was in my teens, my father and I fixed up a yellow 1970 Beetle convertible, and this sparked a forever love of classic Volkswagens! I adored that VW Bug and drove her all around town. She got regular washings and chrome polishings from me, too! My only complaint about the Bug was that my father refused to upgrade the "original" aka AM-only radio (insert teenage eyeroll here).
We attended many classic VW car shows, looking for inspiration and car parts, and this exposure broadened my love beyond the Beetle to basically all air-cooled / old school VWs.
I spent my college years in Virginia, studying biology, being outdoorsy, and stretching my wings. I took up mountain biking, spelunking, and bird watching (though never at the same time)! Heading off to Costa Rica for a semester studying tropical ecology was a highlight of my undergraduate years.
A few years into my career path, I earned a graduate degree in geospatial sciences, which sparked a love of maps and satellite imagery, and was quite useful in my career as a multidisciplinary research scientist.
The science path appealed to my analytical nature; I constantly was learning new skills and exploring different fields as part of my career. During these years, I worked on some really cool research projects that ranged from chocolate trees to forensic science to GIS and map making.
In 2011, I transitioned to being home with my two little ones full time, but always felt compelled to research and explore my own pursuits. After a few years focusing on babies and toddlers, I was ready to find a new avenue for my creativity.
I began taking classes at a local art school in 2014; this opened up a major creative valve in me! I had always loved photography, but more recently I have added watercolors, sketching, and acrylics to my creative toolbox. I love to learn and relish the chance to take a new art class or workshop.
In late 2015, I started selling my art on the Etsy marketplace (where I maintain an active shop). I am so incredibly grateful to have established a new career path for myself, as an artist and entrepreneur. I appreciate the support of friends, family, colleagues, and people like YOU!