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JEANNE ILLENYE

SILVER MISMATCHED MATES
Oil on panel 6 x 6"
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COZY KNITS
Oil on panel 5 x 5"
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Bio
Predominantly self taught, Jeanne received her initial training at an early age through private instruction and later at the Ridgewood School of Art in New Jersey and Pratt Institute in New York. Inspired by the Dutch Masters Jeanne utilizes a warm, earthy palette and elaborate, fluid compositions punctuated by strong contrasts. She incorporates signs of age into her work as a reminder of natureís delicacy and transience. Recently, however, Jeanne has been focussing on producing her "Little Gems" paintings as small as 4 inches. This has afforded her the opportunity to bring a typically American approach to her work, pushing subjects right out front to the viewer in bold, simple compositions. For the first time Jeanne is painting directly from still life arrangements in her studio as opposed to painting predominantly from memory and studies as done previously. With this added dimension of painting directly from life Jeanne is optimistic that she will begin producing her best new work in these small format paintings, thus improve her larger works in the future. Additionally, Jeanne recently introduced a new genre to her portfolio, pet portraits, which she has doted uponwith the same sensitivity to detail as her realistic still life paintings. Jeanne successfully captures every nuance of expression to bring her pet portraits to life.

Artist Statement
It is the common things that are most often taken for granted -- the fruit and flowers of our daily sustenance -- nourishment for body and soul, respectively. These are delicate and fleeting gifts. Through my work, I elicit a greater appreciation for their beauty by elevating them to the forefront of the observerís attention. While my paintings isolate a particular moment in time, it is through the details -- a browning, torn leaf, the curling of a dried petal, a broken stem, bruised fruit, dewdrops -- that I evoke a sense of transience in Natureís beauty. I take the observer through many phases of growth from bud to blossom, ripening fruit to withering vine -- life and death and ultimately, rebirth of spirit, for within this beauty we find comfort and peace.

For more extensive artist's bio, articles and list of exhibitions, visit her website or blog.

DEER AMONGST THE PEONIES
Oil on panel 6 x 6"
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LILY ON SPODE BLUE
ITALIAN PLATE
Oil on panel 6 x 6"
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SPRING BLUSH
Oil on panel 16 x 20"
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SILVER SPOONS
Oil on panel 5 x 7"
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COTTAGE BLOOMS
Oil on canvas 18 x 14"
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ORANGES ON RUSTIC
WOOD TABLE
Oil on panel 12 x 12"
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BLOSSOMS WITH BLUEBIRDS
Oil on panel 20 x 16"
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CLASSICAL STILL LIFE
WITH EWER
Oil on canvas 20 x 16"
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