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

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.

peonies, roses, purple tulips classical still life oil painting large

Black Tulips with Peonies and Rose
20x16 inches / oil on canvas
This is a commission from many years ago but which I came across again in my thousands of image files.  It looked a tad bit clearer than the edited images previously it's always fun for people to see a painting actually on my easel.  The best part was when my client opened the box and urgently tried to brush the bee off the cloth before realizing it WAS the painting!  Following shows a detail which in itself looks like a nice composition for another painting.

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

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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
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.

NEST SIGNED PRINT Nest with Sheet Music and Blue Eggs

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

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I was published in Visual Language Magazine


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