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

Nest Amidst Wilting Roses Oil Painting

Nest Amidst Wilting Roses
8x8 inches / oil on panel

Available at Howard / Mandville Gallery
There’s something so intriguing about the backside of a flower...where the magic of the bloom emerges, unfurling it’s complicated and delicate splendor. Here I found that very same excitement in my roses and chose to paint their velvety petals just as they were, softly wilting and bruised as a gentle reminder of nature’s transient beauty.
burnished silver gilded hardwood frame / boxwood leaf & berry edge approx. 14x14 inches


Susan Roux said...

Jeanne this is beautiful! Yes the back side is like looking at a sensual girls back. I think this is breathtaking. It stopped me in my tracks!


Thank you SOOO much, Susan! What a lovely description comparing the elegant beauty of a woman's back and the underside of a rose. So beautiful. I truly appreciate your wonderful compliments! This is also one of my very favorites! :o) Jeanne

click image

I was published in Visual Language Magazine


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

names of colors A-Z