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Beauty fades, they say. Sometimes it is simply changed instead, with an added element of character incorporated into the story.
"I just love vintage and antique, and to work with that decor... there's a little more life to it, more texture, it has a little more story to it, said Jennifer Lanne.
An artist who strives to capture the fleeting beauty of flowers, Lanne’s distinctive old-world style pays homage to the past in a fresh new way.
IN A RURAL OASIS
Lanne's studio is itself a piece of history. Originally built in 1782, she and her husband, Dick renovated their home and transformed the large barn into Lanne’s studio. From there she can look out onto their homestead oasis – watching the groundhogs scurrying through the lawn and the birds fly by.
The walk to her studio is a lively and pleasant one. There is a pig pen, chickens and cats roaming around their backyard farm.
"I'm an early riser. I like to get out and get going when the day feels fresh. That's when I am most excited to be in the studio," she said.
This bucolic scene is the ideal setting to inspire Lanne’s paintings of the flowers she adores.
"I worked in a floral shop for years. How can you not be happy looking at flowers?" she said.
A GARDEN OF COLOR
Often working on a massive scale, on canvases as large as 10' x 12', Lanne’s flower paintings incorporate many different rich colors.
"There's not a color I don't like. I gravitate toward color, there's something interesting about it."
The depth of emotion is also explored in her work. Evoking an ephemeral mood full of romance, there is a light quality that exists within the darkness. It is a duality that makes these pieces feel relevant even within a sleek, modern space.
THE FEELING OF EXPLORATION
Listening to how people responded to her paintings, Lanne began experimenting with the fast-drying versatility of acrylic paints on a variety of textured surfaces and how that influenced the final product.
"Nothing is off-limits to me," she said.
A few years ago Lanne decided to transition from decorative hand- painted pillows to a more functional printed fabric design. Working with an American manufacturer, she developed a line of pillows, tuffets and eiderdown quilts.
"It's a fun thing for me to see my art on different fabrics and things.”
In 2000, Lanne partnered with Schuyler Pond to sell her Art at Home Collection. Amanda Crames helps with the design process, translating the art into tabletop and home decor items including placemats, stone tiles and soy candles. Made locally in Schuylerville, the candles come in luscious scents such as Forest Juniper, Gingered Quince and Olive Blossom & Eucalyptus.
Once Lanne feels like a piece is finished, it can be weeks or months before you see it for sale in the shop. During that time, Lanne is already working on creating something new.
"I have to be constantly evolving and growing. It feels stagnant if
I do too much of one thing. I keep current with that. It's a natural progression and I have more to show," she said.
It’s an age-old dilemma; finding the time to delve into and explore a plethora of ideas.
"The wheels are always spinning and there's not enough time to work on them all. I just let it happen. An idea hits me out of the blue and I don't know what it's going to be like until I'm done painting it.”
Jennifer Lanne will be showing her work at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, June 1st to 3rd, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.
The Jennifer Lanne Art at Home Collection can be found at Schuyler Pond Home & Garden, 44 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (518) 581-8422 or find them online at www.SchuylerPond.com
Jennifer Lanne will be hosting an open studio tour in the fall. For more information, go to www.JenniferLanne.com or visit www.ArtAtHomeCollection.com -SS
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