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

Silver Spoons on Blue Painted Wood Table still life oil painting little gems

s i l v e r w a r e
Silver Spoons on Blue Painted Wood Table
7x5 inches / oil on panel
 
 This is actually an example of both the front and back of the same spoon.  Note the ribbon and bow on the back as well as the engraved "K" on the front just above the inverted trumpet flower.  ...And yes, that's me by the window!
  

BIG Silver Spoons with "K" Engraving oil painting still life realism

BIG Silver Spoons with "K" Engraving
16x12 inches / oil on panel
 
Century old silver spoons predominantly feature "Lily" and "Orange Blossom".  While my Lily spoon has a “B” engraved, my client requested “K” for their last name; I always love these personalized details in custom paintings.  There is a glare no matter how I tried to reduce the effects of the bright sunlight relfecting off the snow, plus it's a little blurry but you know me . . . I'm a patient painter but a very impatient photographer even handholding my camera . . . but you get the idea!   :o)  Oh, and a little postscript, that's me holding my camera and the large "Farmstand Peaches" painting in a gilt frame reflected within the bowls of the spoons.  

Red Delicious Apple REALISM 5x5 in. Little Gems Oil Painting

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

Foley aqua blue turquoise teacup with nest and eggs oil painting little gems series

Lifesized Nest in Blue Foley Teacup
"Who says teacups are just for tea?"
6x6 inches / oil on panel
SOLD 
This charming Little Gem features a small nest from my collection which is painted lifesize and tucked into a beautiful aqua blue Foley teacup.  I've been planning for quite some time to paint nests in new arrangements so here's my first in that direction.  Actually, I've been painting bird's nests for well over a decade as some of you may have seen in my large, classical still lifes.  It was four years ago that I introduced my first small, solitary nest on ebay which was met with such a wonderful response that I've been creating these paintings ever since.

HERSHEY'S PINK KISS SIGNED PRINT Realism

  ARTIST SIGNED PRINT
overall 11x8 in. / image size approx. 6x6 in.
(The copyright shadow on image will not be on your print.  Your print will be personally signed.)
$55 + 10 s/h PayPal
 

NEST SIGNED PRINT Nest with Sheet Music and Blue Eggs

 ARTIST SIGNED PRINT
overall 11x8 in. / image size approx. 6x6 in.
(The copyright shadow on image will not be on your print.  Your print will be personally signed.)
$55 + 10 s/h PayPal
 

NEST SIGNED PRINT small grapevine nest blue eggs in antique Foley floral turquoise teacup

ARTIST SIGNED PRINT
overall 11x8 in. / image size approx. 6x6 in.
(The copyright shadow on image will not be on your print.  Your print will be personally signed.)
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NEST SIGNED PRINT Hummingbird nest with blue feather

ARTIST SIGNED PRINT
overall 11x8 in. / image size approx. 6x6 in.
(The copyright shadow on image will not be on your print.  Your print will be personally signed.)
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NEST SIGNED PRINT nest with delicate fluff

ARTIST SIGNED PRINT
overall 11x8 in. / image size approx. 6x6 in.
(The copyright shadow on image will not be on your print.  Your print will be personally signed.)
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NEST SIGNED PRINT Robin's nest with oak leaf four blue eggs

ARTIST SIGNED PRINT
overall 11x8 in. / image size approx. 6x6 in.
(The copyright shadow on image will not be on your print.  Your print will be personally signed.)
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NEST SIGNED PRINT nest with sand cherry pod broken egg feathers

 
ARTIST SIGNED PRINT
overall 11x8 in. / image size approx. 6x6 in.
(The copyright shadow on image will not be on your print.  Your print will be personally signed.)
$55 + 10 s/h PayPal

NEST SIGNED PRINT nest amidst wilting roses published from my oil painting

 
ARTIST SIGNED PRINT
overall 11x8 in. / image size approx. 6x6 in.
(The copyright shadow on image will not be on your print.  Your print will be personally signed.)
$55 + 10 s/h PayPal
 

TEATIME SIGNED PRINT Robin on teacup with fob watch from my original oil painting

 
ARTIST SIGNED PRINT
overall 11x8 in. / image size approx. 8x6 in.
(The copyright shadow on image will not be on your print.  Your print will be personally signed.)
$55 + 10 s/h PayPal

TEATIME SIGNED PRINT stacked teacups silverware scones from my original oil painting

 
 
ARTIST SIGNED PRINT
overall 11x8 in. / image size approx. 8x6 in.
(The copyright shadow on image will not be on your print.  Your print will be personally signed.)
$55 + 10 s/h PayPal

The Apple Thief sneak peek of detail currently in progress on my easel & plans for the new year

Plans for the New Year
Here's a sneak peek showing a detail of another oil painting in progress.  I not only hope to begin finishing many of these larger classical paintings which got pushed to the back of my closet as commissions took precedence in the past decade of selling online, but this year I also plan to move onto my long awaited fresh, new florals.  Additionally, I'll be interspersing these with more of my "Little Gems" series paintings but with a new appearance, exclusively featuring nosegays of my favorite blossoms.  This is the third time in nearly 30 years that I'm changing the direction of this ever popular series.  Please join me as I continue my artistic journey...CAPTURING NATURE'S TRANSIENT BEAUTY.

custom oil portrait of a lady and gentleman

The Enduring Grace of Fine Portraiture
Custom Oil Portrait of Helen Marie Codori
24x18 inches / oil on canvas
SOLD
This is the companion to a portrait I'd painted last year of Mr. Codori, shown below.
 
 
Custom Oil Portrait of Laurence Murray Codori
24x18 inches oil on canvas
SOLD
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branch of lemons blossoms tied with string 8x8 still life oil painting

Hanging Branch of Lemons with Blossoms
8x8 inches / oil on panel
SOLD 
This is more of a botanical style composition with the lemon tree branch hanging from a thick cord or string.  When my client first requested a branch of lemons I imagined a longer format on an aqua blue peeled painted wood background and the branch hanging from a nail.  But the request was for an 8x8 with nothing else in the composition, so I opted for this slightly more botanical approach.

Christmas Card 2016

 
 
Wishing you a cozy holiday filled with warmth of family and friends. 
With special thanks to all my wonderful clients who have helped enrich my life through your continued support! 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
 
 
Christmas Card 2016
 

IN PROGRESS LARGE CLASSICAL FRUIT FLOWERS cascading basket oil painting

 Many of my larger, classical oil paintings have been stored away while commissions took precedence these past ten years.  Here's another in progress.
 

IN PROGRESS overturned apple basket oil painting classical fruit

 
 
Another in progress, I'd begun three versions of this oil painting many years ago and have temporarily misplaced this particular one which simply needs the tree and grass painted.  I also have two smaller versions in progress with a squirrel entitled "Apple Thief".
 

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I was published in Visual Language Magazine

BLESSED

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