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


Country Bucket of Autumn Gold Apples
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.

peonies oil painting classical blue and white porcelain baby robin bird figurine 20x16 in.

 Peonies in Double Happiness Jar, Leather Bound Books and Journal. Lefton Baby Robin Figurine
20x16 inches / oil on canvas 

PANSIES in a BASKET Old World Classical Oil Painting 16x20 inches

  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)

Nosegay of Roses and Hyacinths on Jane Austen Novel oil painting Little Gems Series

 capturing nature's transient beauty
Nosegay of Roses and Hyacinths on Jane Austen Novel
8x10 inches / oil on canvas
This romantic nosegay rests upon an antique book "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.  The soft pink English Roses, purple Hyacinths and Forget-me-nots are tied with a frayed, lavender satin ribbon.

Arranging Peonies and Delphiniums in Antique Silver Vase on Embroidered Tablecloth with Vintage Brass Scissors 24x12 inches still life oil painting Realism

capturing nature's transient beauty 
Arranging Peonies and Delphiniums in Antique Silver Vase
on Embroidered Tablecloth with Vintage Brass Scissors
24x12 inches / oil on canvas


in progress oil painting peonies larkspur delphiniums

All that remains is refining one peony and the larkspurs, each of which are quite time consuming and intricate. 
"Arranging Freshly Cut Peonies and Larkspur in Antique Silver Vase"
24x12 in. oil on canvas

1920 - 1930 vintage Spalding baseball red and blue laces custom oil painting 5x5 in.

1920-1930 Vintage Spalding Baseball with Red and Blue Laces
5x5 inches oil on panel
This was a commission based on a composition similar to the baseball painting I'd done for the MLB as Bud Selig's retirement gift. 

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

 Preview of two page spread excerpted from one of my books in progress.
"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.

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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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