Jools Zalles was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has been creating works of art since she learned to use scissors and scotch tape. It all started when she was five years old and would create life-size paper dolls and adorn them with the very best haute couture ensembles made from colorful construction paper. Branching out, she painted the family cookware with flowers of the brightest colors and learned to sew by her aunt’s side
This creativity has carried on throughout her adult years, during which time she took a weaving workshop and was mesmerized by the textures one could create transforming woven cloth into wall-hangings and sculptures.
Jools and her husband spent 31 years in California raising two daughters. There, she continued to attend workshops creating works from clay, pine needles and hand-made paper, which led her to her current projects incorporating intricate collages of found objects, antique buttons, charms and recycled brown paper bags.
Jools has shown her work in galleries in Marin County, California and had a one woman show, Visons in Paper, in the town of Tiburon. Prior to that, she received honors at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, and the Rochester Summer Arts Festival in upstate New York.
In addition, Jools has worked with interior designers, participated in artist-in-residence programs in local schools, taught adult art classes, and led a mural workshop for elementary school students at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in San Francisco.