Another day, another great gift idea for this year’s holiday season: Whiskey Jack!
Founder and creative Alison grew up in Colorado before moving to Washington nine years ago. She’s been practicing and creating art her entire life, feeling the call to be creative for years before starting her business in 2011. When she first opened Whiskey Jack, she had a completely different medium: wood burning.
While she’s gone away from wood burning, she is entirely self-taught and started painting while honing in her artistic voice. Inspired by the nature that surrounds her, she draws ideas from mountains, rivers and other natural beauty that is abundant in Washington.
I personally love her hats! From her Mount Shuksan hat, to her Wenatchee River hat, Glacier Peak hat, it’s hard to decide which one to choose from! If your recipient has a special connection to a place featured in one of her many designs, this makes for a sentimental gift that can be worn when adventuring there again. She even has a couple that are hand painted!
Thanks to the magic of social media, I came across Whiskey Jack a few months ago after seeing a reshare from another page we follow. I was instantly drawn to the bright colors, and clear passion for her art. At first glance, her work may seem simple, but when you look closer you can appreciate each stroke and the amount of detail she puts into her work.
Some of Alison’s days are spent in nature with a paintbrush (her words!) but most days are keeping a routine with structured goals, and running her business. She’s got a large selection of art to choose from, and that takes work!
She hopes to “connect people to the places they can recharge. I hope my art enhances people’s connection to nature, and in turn deepens their relationship and desire to care for our planet.”
What’s Alison’s favorite thing in Washington? She may live in a mountain town, but the coast has a “sweet place” in her heart – and I couldn’t be more understanding of that! “There’s nothing that I love more than getting out to the coast for a surf trip.”
Check out the Explore Washington State 2020 Gift Guide for more Washington products.