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

orange glow with cherries dramatic peeled orange oil painting contemporary realism

capturing nature's transient beauty
"Orange Glow"
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Inspired by an earlier painting of mine entitled "Orange Burst" which was a more classical composition, "Orange Glow" is definitively more contemporary with the dramatic lighting and square format, yet equally adaptable in a horizontal format.  This spectacularly luminous orange is featured in an overhead spotlight for maximum impact.  The fruit nearly appears to be glowing, hence the title.
 

family portrait of birth times vintage howard fobwatch gilded book still life

 
 

Nest bluebird eggs feathers vintage cigar box oil painting still life

" 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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English roses hollyhocks bluebirds raspberries bees blue & white porcelain bowl still life oil painting old world classical

Bountiful Blossoms and Bluebirds
20x16 in. oil on canvas
Ohhh...if only I had taken a photo of this painting after I'd finished it!!!
Those Bluebirds really were exquisite in person and felt as if I could reach into the painting and quietly take hold of one -- almost feeling their wings fluttering in my loosely clasped hand.
Another commissioned painting --Here the client pointed to a number of my other paintings, small and large, and asked for elements from each including blue & white porcelain and pink roses. The bluebirds of happiness were symbolic of their lives together in their new home.

white peonies in crystal vase candy dish lace shades of white 24x24 in.

Shades of White
24x24 inches / oil on canvas
 
"An Enriched Life: It has been said that collecting original works of art is a luxury, but considering that it provides nourishment for one's soul, it is indeed a necessity." --ILLENYE
 
 

Bountiful Table large 30x40 old world classical still life oil painting Bluebirds Sevres porcelain tureen silver fruit peonies flowers

capturing nature's transient beauty
Bountiful Table
30x40 inches / oil on canvas
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 Commissioning a painting is always exciting and quite personal for both my clients and myself.  Here my client provided me with a few requests along with several photos of her Victorian dining room currently undergoing renovation with elaborately gilded teal wainscoting, deep red oriental rug a touch of rose pink damask, along with wishes for an abundant, classical composition which should include birds, red fruit, pink English roses, hydrangeas, peonies, hollyhocks and her very favorite blue morning glories.  The general composition came to me almost immediately which I laid out in draft form but had to set aside to fulfill prior commissions from an especially hectic schedule.  Once I was able to devote my full attention to this piece it moved along relatively quickly considering its size, as my enthusiasm spurred me forward to complete this delightfully exuberant oil painting!

Faberge Easter Egg Lily of the Valley still life oil painting LITTLE GEMS

Faberge Easter Egg
4x4 inches oil on panel
 
Exquisitely detialed with seed perals and diamonds, the original Faberge Easter egg was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II in 1898 for his beloved wife Tsarina Alexandra.  This sparticular egg was her favorite as it held images of Tsar Nicholas II, Grand Dutchess Olga and Grand Dutchess Tatiana.  It became a hallmark of beauty and technical expertise by the world renowned artisal Carl Faberge, whose work remains unsurpassed to this day.

purple and white pansies in glass jar with crocheted lace 5x5 in. oil painting still life little gems

 capturing nature's transient beauty 
Pansies and Crocheted Lace
5x5 inches / oil on panel
 
I recall as a child, accompanying my mother to the plant nursery where she told me to search for the pansies that had "faces".  So even today I still refer to Pansies as the smiling faces of Spring.  They are a personal favorite to paint not only for this reason, but also for the wonderfully translucent qualities as the light shines through the petals such as shown on the flower on the left.  Note how that deep, rich purple fades on the backside where the creases of the petals shine through.

pansies in basket classical oil painting floral

  Dew Kissed Pansies in a Basket
16x20 inches / oil on canvas
 
Pansies are the most delightful little blossoms typically known for their "smiling faces".  I recall visiting our local farms in NJ as a child where I'd repeatedly presented my mother with clusters of colorful blossoms, begging her to choose my favorites...only to be rejected with the same response every time, "No, they don't have smiling faces in them!"  Then when my mother found just the perfect flat of smiling faces, I understood exactly what she meant.  ;o)
 
 

peach English roses in basket with nest blue broken egg brrs oil painting 16x20 in.

16 x 20 inches / oil on canvas
 
A prelude to Spring, this charming wicker basket is brimming with fragrant, peachy old fashioned roses. Bees hover amongst the blooms and a feathered nest reveals a broken egg.

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I was published in Visual Language Magazine

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