soul and purpose

"Through my paintings I hope to communicate a personal enthusiasm and respect for the natural world, thus encourage in others an active stewardship of same." -- JEANNE ILLENYE

Take sustenance but not more than you need for within our hands lies the future.

"Take nourishment from the fruits of the Earth but do not take more than you need, for greed is a dangerous thing.  Rather, value the gifts from Earth's bounty and honor her with a nurturing hand; work her soils with tenderness and keep her air and water pure so that we may continue to reap these vast and perfect rewards.  We must be responsible stewards of all God's creatures, and remember that this delicate balance within which we exist, once disrupted, can immensely impact the fragility of all life.  So take sustenance...but not more than you need...for within our hands lies the future."

in progress 12x12 panel peonies

capturing nature's transient beauty 
This is one of many paintings in the rotation on/off my easel as glazes dry.  However, the next floral painting I'm planning to complete (after one more pet portrait to finish) is for my Mother and will be 24x30 in. featuring pink and white peonies in this same crystal tumbler etched with bunnies.  In progress pics will be popping up here in about 2 weeks so keep watching.
P.S.  Quick update to advise that I've sprained my painting hand so have been away from my easel for awhile but hope to be back soon at least on a gradual basis.  For clients with pending commissions, thank you for your loyalty and patience.  It's a scary thing to imagine one's gift being taken away even for a relatively brief time...makes me wonder if I'm worthy...let's hope this year I prove to be with greater effort toward significantly improved work.
2/7 UPDATE:  Not totally healed yet but plan to try painting tomorrow!  First up will be portrait of Wrigley then Mrs. Wren with Sweetpeas.  Thank you for your patience during this past month while my painting hand has been healing!

Custom Oil Painting Large Lifesized Portrait of a Gentleman Laurence Murray Codori 24x18 inches

 The Enduring Grace of Fine Portraiture
Custom Oil Portrait of Laurence Murray Codori
24x18 inches oil on canvas
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Ahhh...the peaceful quietude of January in snowy Michigan.

My favorite time of year...a fresh beginnings! 
With that sentiment I am hopeful to shed the old and begin anew by clearing out my studio, storing many incomplete classical paintings and Little Gems in the back of my closet, and turn my attention to my long awaited new direction consisting of larger, fresher floral paintings!  The first on my easel in this peaceful quietude of January will be a large 24x30 of pink and white peonies in a crystal tumbler on lace especially for my Mother.  Keep checking back as I'll post sneak peeks here periodically. 
Happy New Year and May All Your Dreams Come True!
 "Blessed are those who see beauty in humble places where others see nothing." - Anonymous

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Christmas Card 2015

A warm thank you to all my wonderful clients who have helped enrich my life through your continued support! 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Christmas Card 2015

Paperwhites Narcissi in a glass jar blue sky snow small paintings little gems

p a p e r w h i t e s
5x5 inches / oil on panel
What could be more refreshing than a jar of Paperwhite Narcissi set upon a sun drenched windowsill with a snowy scene beyond? The Narcissus is particularly dear to my heart as it is my December birth flower...and exudes a fragrance which is utterly irresistible. Nature clothed her in the purest white which echoes Winter’s clean landscape. Thus, the popularity of early forced Paperwhites has become synonymous with the new year and fresh beginnings.

Antique Vintage Bunny Pull Toy 8x8 in. oil painting little gems still life

Vintage Bunny Pull Toy
8x8 inches oil on canvas
Isn't he cute?  There's something so endearing about hand carved wooden toys, I just can't resist!

little lamb pull toy with bell antique vintage wood base german putz sheep

Antique German Putz Lamb Pull Toy
6x6 inches oil on panel
Nostalgia is an indulgence which I hope to recall with this charming little pull toy, her wooly body, cloth head and bell tied with a frayed ribbon all depict details which many a child has handled and studied as closely as I have here. She’s seen many happy years being tugged along by a little hand.

"ABUNDANCE" HAPPY THANKSGIVING large classical still life oil painting fruit flowers basket marble table dark florals

24x18 inches / oil on canvas
It was only a few brief years ago that I was intensely studying the methods of the Dutch masters, as exhibited here in this painting of my own imagination.  These larger, complex compositions executed with intense detail took months to complete.  I still adore these paintings not only for their beauty, but also because I dedicated so much of my life to each one, as opposed to my "Little Gems" for example, which at most take a few days to complete so I only seem to visit with them very briefly.  However, I truly grew with these elaborate paintings which required such intense visualization and heavy reliance upon memory of my subjects, that I feel they are a part of me . . . or I am a part of them.  I didn't actually have the luxury of a still life in front of me at that time so my tutorials were harder learned.  Yet those self taught lessons have sunk in deeply as a result and everything I've done subsequently contains this underlying foundation. These paintings are where I really strove to hone my technical skills.  It all began when I fell in love with a particular masterpiece (will show at future post) and naively mentioned to a friend how I wondered if I could actually paint like that.  Her surprisingly off-handed response, "Sure you can," is what prompted the challenge, and it was the best step I could've taken with my art.  Now, as I'm changing direction, or more accurately, as my sensitivities are piqued in other aspects and a directional change is slowly becoming more evident in the newest work on my easels, I'm turning a glimpse backward to see my progress.  The joy of having a career like this is that it will forever entertain my eyes, my hand, my mind and my heart as I strive to improve my work while serving as a vessel to interpret and capture nature's transient beauty.

AVAILABLE country farmhouse charm rustic dinged bucket of golden apples sliced carving knife hovering flies dripping juice oil painting still life 20x16 in. old world style

Country Bucket of Autumn Gold
20x16 inches oil on canvas panel

Capturing the essence of Autumn in the country, this earthy, muted painting of a rustic setting with cracked stucco walls, farmhouse pine table, and juicy samplings from this bucket of “gold” recalls many crisp, clear days while we snapped apples off the trees in a hurry to fill our baskets and buckets. Thoughts of anticipation for the fragrance of warm apple pies wafting through the air brings a sense of familiar comfort.

Glamis Castle Rose in Old Fashioned Jelly Jar still life oil painting little gems series

capturing nature's transient beauty
Glamis Castle Rose in Jelly Jar with Lace
7x5 inches / oil on panel
I just adore painting roses in a glass jar.  There's something so clean and simple about a jelly jar with a single bloom or nosegay…almost reminiscent of childhood in simpler times when I'd pluck a few precious blooms from the woods or garden to present to my Mother who was invariably in the kitchen with a jar handy for displaying my gift.  Plus…painting those reflections and distortions created within the water is just plain old FUN!! 

delicious red apple still life oil painting little gems contemporary realism

"The Fateful Temptation"
5x5 inches / oil on panel
Oh to ponder . . . that the fate of all mankind rested upon such a humble temptation . . . .

official vintage baseball still life oil painting little gems small 5x5 in.

Vintage Baseball
5x5 inches / oil on panel
Well used, this baseball reveals countless happy days when kids of every age tossed the neighborhood ball and ran the bases marked by a tree, lamp post, or even a sweatshirt tossed in a heap in the middle of the street as second base!

Copeland Spode vegetable tureen blue transferware center panel of triptych still life detail

"English Heritage"
detail center panel of triptych
Copeland Spode vegetable tureen blue transferware
8x8 inches / oil on panel
It was a true pleasure to become acquainted with a member of the renowned Copeland family, who commissioned this triptych series of oil paintings from his vast collection. The title of this series is "English Heritage" named for my client's family history.  The center panel of this triptych is presented here first as it's my favorite with this beautiful covered vegetable tureen.  The color and finish on Copeland Spode is so rich which is only part of its allure, the second of course being the bucolic scenes depicted in this detailed transferware.  My specialty is painting tarnsferware so if you have always wished to have a painting of your collection or the collection of your dreams, please feel free to contact me for a quote at  Also, you may wish to peruse my recently updated website for five (5) pages of images featuring blue and white paintings along with a collection of red, white and blue, all in a chapter of the same name at 

miniature floral oil painting still life celadon vase jar poppies dutch master style

4x4 inches / oil on panel

Available "Startled II" - still life oil painting bluebird nest in vintage box contemporary realism capturing nature's transient beauty

"Startled II"
18x14 inches oil on canvas
 This is my second oil painting featuring this charming theme of a Bluebird being startled from her nest with feathers flying.  The first featured a nest resting atop a vintage cigar box and here her nest is tucked into an antique wooden box.  I especially enjoy painting the details such as wood burned logos, torn paper label and partially missing brass hinge.  Of course the shadow of the floating feather adds that sense of dimension and motion from a hurried escape!
Following is my first painting on this theme, "Startled" 

" S t a r t l e d "
18 x 14 inches / oil on canvas
Resting upon an antique Honduras cigar box, an intricate nest of twigs, grass & leaves protects three precious white eggs with pure blue, downy soft feathers fluttering lightly as a startled mother takes flight.

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I was published in Visual Language Magazine


Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing.

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