Nina Harlan jumping for joy at Blue Skies Village in Palm Springs, California.

Nina Harlin photographed by Eyoalha Baker for Jump for Joy Photo Project and Palm Springs Cultural Center Artist Residency.

We (myself + Miriam, my volunteer assistant of the day) arrived at the gates of Blue Skies Village in Rancho Mirage, California and waited for Nina to come let us through the gates. The trailer park was originally founded by singer Bing Crosby in the 1950s as a weekend get-away and playground for his many Hollywood movie star friends.

As soon I met Nina I could feel her excitement and easy going, fun nature.

We drove in and parked in front of the mobile home of Nina and her lovely husband Bruce (his jump feature will be up soon as well, keep an eye out!).

They were both inviting, easy going and fun!

They started jumping right away in front of their mobile home and then we adventured out to play in the green space where we snapped this beautiful jump of Nina looking like a superhero!

Lots of great jump shots and lots of laughs 🙂

Read on to learn a little more about Nina:

Q: What inspired you to jump for joy?
I knew it would be a kick and a giggle! Love to spread joy!

Q. What was your experience doing the jumping photos?
I felt more exhilarated and happier at the end of the shoot.

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy? How has joy impacted your life?
Joy brightens every aspect of living. It makes things seem lighter and more exhilarating.

Q: What is your greatest passion in life?
Being with family and friends and celebrating life makes every aspect of living more profound. Creating artwork is mindful and fulfilling.

Q: How do you feel about being part of a collaborative Coachella Valley community project that promotes joy?

Q: If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
Helping others and creating beauty in the world. No time to waste.

Q: What are you working on?
Art. Since My website is presently being updated, the best way to reach me for samples
of my work is:

Q: Mini bio:

Nina C. Harlan studied art at the University of Colorado, the University of Vermont and Rutgers University. Individual instruction with world renowned artists have greatly influenced her artwork.

Her paintings have been displayed and sold at many art shows. She has won numerous awards in NJ and in California.

Nina is an exhibiting member of Garden State Watercolor Society, Coachella Valley Watercolor Society, Essex Watercolor Club, New Jersey Art Association, AAR and The Palm Spring’s Museum’s Artist Council.

Nina believes that the creative self creative self connects us with the world and the universe. As an artist, her responsibility is to transmit positive feelings and emotions. She is a world traveler and finds her inspiration in landscapes. Her latest endeavors are in creating abstract and non- objective art.

Nina’s watercolors, acrylics and collages are transformed memories that celebrate life and color.

As an outgrowth of her passion for art, she has formed ART ENCOUNTERS INC., which sponsors watercolor and acrylic instruction workshops with internationally acclaimed artists.

Follow Nina on:
Instagram: @NinaCHarlan
Facebook: Nina C. Harlin

Thank you Nina, for taking time out of your day to play and share your uplifting joy with the world!


And… thank you to the Palm Springs Cultural Center inviting me to be your first Artist in residence and bringing the Jump for Joy Photo Project to the Coachella Valley.

If you live in the Coachella Valley and would like more info on the project, or would like to take part, email us:

Follow Jump for Joy on:
Instagram: @jumpforjoyphotoproject
Twitter: @jumpforjoyphoto
Facebook: /JumpForJoyPhotoProject

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