New Work


Upcoming solo show September 21 - October 31

I am pleased to announce that I will be having a solo show of my mixed media collages in Victoria, BC at “The Chapel Gallery”. This brand new dedicated space has been completely transformed into a beautiful gallery. 

The Chapel Gallery:  engaging the community in appreciating creativity

The Chapel Gallery invites the local arts community to exhibit a variety of visual art mediums.  The Gallery particularly seeks works of a socially relevant, contemplative and reflective nature.  The Gallery sees itself as a gallery “like no other”. There are other multifunctional, not-for-profit spaces, but the Gallery envisions ongoing beneficial and educational interaction with the community  -- including those who might never have visited an “art gallery” before.  
The Gallery also envisions a way to share our understanding of the creativity of the Divine with the community – including those who might never think of entering a church. The folk of St. Matthias want to share a safe space for appreciating creativity. 

The Chapel Gallery @ St. Matthias, Fairfield 600 Richmond Avenue, Victoria, BC 



Working away on my mixed-media collage pieces that are inspired by the intertidal zone. Having a great time.

Details of the pieces above.


Upcoming show I am participating in: April 25 to May 31, 2016

Update: The show has been extended to May 31, 2016

The Robert Bateman Centre

470 Belleville Street, Victoria, B.C. V8V 1W9, Canada

Hours:  Daily: 10am - 5pm    Details:

Website for this special exhibition:

Participating Artists:

Diana Durrand -

Natasha van Netten  -

Jill Ehlert  -

Connie Michele Morey  -

David Hunwick  -

Luis-Mario Guerra   -

Carol Thompson  -

Trish Shwart  -

Caren Willms  -

 "Devils Hole pupfish" (Cyprinodon diabolis) © 2016 Jill Ehlert  13" X 19"

Watercolour, pencil crayon, walnut and acrylic inks on Arches Watercolour paper.

Large signature is only a watermark for internet and does not appear on original artwork.

Artist statement - Jill Ehlert

The endangered Devils Hole pupfish is significant to me given my interest in aquatic environments and water related species. There were only 131 Cyprinodon diabolis recorded in the biannual count conducted in September 2015. My watercolour painting focuses on a limestone shelf that measures 3.0 X 6.3 metres, which the pupfish depend on for spawning and for much of their diet. The pupfish eat primarily microscopic diatoms, a type of algae that clings to large bright green filamentous algae. Other species found on this shelf are tiny invertebrates: amphipods, spring snails, two types of beetles, and flatworms. The Devils Hole pupfish are considered the rarest fish in the world; they measure one-inch long and are so named, as they seem as playful as puppies. In this artwork, I enlarged the pupfish and took artistic license varying the scale of the microscopic world that surrounds them.  


Working in the studio today with fire and smoke!

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Burning holes, smoke drawings, piercing and punching holes, folding, cutting, melting beeswax, stitching and embossing. 


Leporello and Concertina Books

Leporello book I made four years ago. This has been a favourite book structure.

Leporello book I made four years ago. This has been a favourite book structure.

Name derivative:

The term leporello refers to printed material folded into an accordion-pleat style. Also sometimes known as a concertina fold, it is a method of parallel folding with the folds alternating between front and back. The name likely comes from the manservant, Leporello, in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. Famed rogue and lover Don Giovanni (in Italian – also known as Don Juan in Spanish) has seduced so many women that when Leporello displays a tally of his conquests, it unfolds, accordion-style, into a shockingly long list. Many leporellos are used as a way of telling a story, while others are purely visual.

In the Victorian era, leporellos were quite commonly used as travel souvenirs, depicting beautiful, panoramic scenes of the places travelers had just seen, customs and culture of the region and the like. They are often used in illustrated children’s works, as well. Collectors of books and paper ephemera will love their scarcity and delicate beauty.

Source: Abe Books


Book Works

Work in Progress for the upcoming group show - “Rebound”

Working in the studio on my book to be included in the REBOUND Exhibition at Gallery 1580.

Images:   Creating a "Leporello" structure for my book, which is the Italian word for an accordion style book; working on the layout and possible ideas; beginning the artwork with a Fluid painting technique using tea stain and India ink. This book will contain marks created through the actions of burning, piercing, punching holes, rubbing, folding, impressing lines, smoking, drawing and painting.