Jill Sanders, Rainy Day Brush Off Rain Barrel Artist

How did you come to paint one of the Rainy Day Brush Off barrels?

Jason Scott from the Water Quality Forum e-mailed me because he thought my work—I do mostly acrylics, incorporating found objects—would translate well for this project.

What was your inspiration for the butterfly design?

I have incorporated butterflies and birds in my past work. I thought these would make a bold and colorful statement for a home garden.

Is your rain barrel at home that pretty?

Oops. I don't have one yet. Ask me again after bidding. [The rain barrels are auctioned to raise money for the WQF's conservation and education programs.]

Thirty artistic rain barrels are on display at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Do you ever sneak over there in disguise to see what people say about your rain barrel?

I haven't yet, but I might try.

What happens if your barrel collects the most votes?

I win a hybrid. No, not really. I have no idea what happens. That's the beauty of this project, though. I already feel like I won by having this opportunity to help out a great cause and showcase my art at the same time.

Whose would you vote for?

Well, I think you can guess who I voted for. But I also really loved "Ophelia," "Raindrop Peacock," and "Moisture Eternal." All 30 are so incredible though. It's really a tough decision.

Would you use collected rain water to water plants? Wash your hair? Make ice cubes?

I would definitely use it for plants. Maybe even hair or ice... is that what White Rain shampoo is made out of?

To vote for your favorite rain barrel, visit waterqualityforum.org. To see more of Sanders' work: jsandersart.com