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- AboutJenny Floravita was born to be an artist. She began her studies in painting, drawing, music and dance as a small child, excelling in all. Her life in the San Francisco Bay Area afforded her great exposure to the arts. Jenny won numerous awards as a young artist including four California Governor’s Medallions and four California State Seals, two each for art and dance. After receiving several scholarships, Jenny went on to study and receive her formal art degree through University of California, Santa Cruz. She lived and worked in Santa Cruz as a graphic designer and fine art painter for several years before re-locating to her family’s home town in the Delta. Since 2000, Jenny Floravita’s fine art career has blossomed. She has exhibited in numerous galleries and high-end art festivals. She paints island scenes and tropical flowers in both oil and watercolor. Jenny’s journey in reverse glass painting began in the early summer of 2007 and since then she has added her beautiful custom glass painted chandeliers to her line of oil and watercolor paintings.
- ExhibitionsMarch 10-13, 2011 La Quinta Arts Festival for info and to purchase tickets: 706-564-1244 www.lqaf.com Please check back in the spring of 2011 for additional events.
This jumbo 40-something inch hand painted chandelier is truly breath taking in person! It was painted as a commission for collectors in New Orleans who already own one of my custom 36 inch chandeliers. They had admired a particular chandelier titled Flowers of the Coast that was a 24 inch hand painted chandelier that sold through one of my galleries. Many of the commissions that I accept are based off chandeliers that my collectors see on my website. It is very challenging to go from an original 24 inch to a 40-something inch hand painted glass chandelier because of the sheer space in glass surface. Large chandeliers become entirely different originals that have to take on a life of their own. It’s just the way it is—plus as an artist, my work is always better…and I would say this is true of most artists who accept commissions…if I have a certain level of freedom with the painting process.
I observed and painted all of the same key flowers and colors from Flowers of the Coast and from there, I improvised and added many m0re flowers while trying to stay within the same color palate and feeling.
I’ll share a bit more of the painting process for this piece. Early on, my infant son was very fussy even though he was being tended to by one of his grandmothers. He’s very needy for his mother still. I had many long hours of painting on the first day and I noticed that I was painting lots of fussy little flowers—which are GOOD in many of my chandeliers…just that by the end of the day I knew that I only wanted one small section of small flowers in this piece. The detail is wonderful in these flowers but in order for my work to really move and flow I needed to be able to see beyond small sections of glass. That is a hard thing to do when your baby is crying! He was just very fussy in that particular frame of time. Luckily we moved beyond that and I was able to create what I had envisioned for my clients—an original hand painted glass chandelier that had flowers bursting with movement and joy!
Though I want to celebrate the size of this particular piece, I don’t encourage it for many collectors. The fright shipping alone is very expensive and the time in planning, fabricating and painting is also lengthy. The actual logistics requires two custom boxes. Hand painted glass chandeliers of this size are very expensive to pack and ship and fully insure—and my work is always professionally packed and fully insured so there is never any risk to my clients or to myself as a lot of time and love goes into my work! I don’t sell myself short by not insuring my work properly. We have a very good track record in terms of chandeliers arriving successfully at my client’s doorsteps—we (my team that packs my chandeliers and I) are pros at shipping! Maybe only 3-5% a year don’t make it and there are years where every single piece does! That said, anything can happen in shipping, especially cross country. That is why we spare no expense in packing. My hand painted chandeliers are packed to the hilt. In the rare times that we have incidents in shipping (as I ship a LOT) I fast track that piece and move it to the top of my commission queue so my collectors don’t have to wait too long.
These days, with my infant son I do require a bit more time in creating. He is very spoiled with attention from me! We are learning to navigate the waters of my very busy and successful career together. But back to this gorgeous hand painted glass chandelier—can’t wait for my collectors in New Orleans to receive! And just a note again about size, though I’m celebrating the size of this particular chandelier, my two standard jumbo sizes: 33 inch and 36 inch glass diameter hand painted chandeliers are very good ‘large’ sized chandeliers and my prices are very good considering the amount of time and costs that go into them. I’m pretty sure that all of my collectors that have ordered either the 33 inch or the 36 inch hand painted chandeliers have been very happy with those sizes.
This lovely sunlit flower is a red heliconia. I love painting tropical flowers with sun shining through the leaves. This lovely little painting measures 8 inches by 8.5 inches and is on a heavy 300lb rough Arches watercolor paper and is ready to frame anyway you wish. The price is 175 US Dollars. Though I’ve sold hundreds of oil and watercolor paintings in my professional career, my painted chandelier art form requires most of my artistic time. I only seem to be able to produce a few new oil or watercolor paintings each year due to the demand for my chandeliers…but it doesn’t mean that I still don’t desire to paint in my original art form. I love watercolors! And I also love oils.
Sunflowers dazzle in this new hand painted glass chandelier and I absolutely love this piece! It was painted right before the birth of my first child and it was for an interior designer, as a sunflower only concept. I’m just now getting a chance to release it and will probably ship it to one of my galleries soon. The beauty of this simple idea speaks for itself—just sunflowers, greens and white flowers as accents. The actual light that shines through is very sunny.
The colors would go well with a Tuscan home or a home that has a country or cottage feeling, especially if there are sunflowers in the decor. Originally I had planned to add red accent flowers and indeed, any accent flowers could be paired in a chandelier like this but once I added the white wildflowers, I realized that the sunflowers without the extra color—just golden sunflowers and an upbeat spring green—could hold their own.
You can see more examples of Sunflowers & Greens here.
Recently I’ve had inquiries for different fixture colors for my reverse painted chandeliers so I am showing a fixture example in white here. All of my fixtures are hand forged out of steel…so they can be painted any color by either me or by you. Black and white are really the two best options. For 95% of my work, black really is the best option as it has the most contrast—very, very few people actually install a fixture that is not black just because it works so well.
On my ocean themed chandeliers, white can work well against the sea blues. Ocean blues and greens are the color set that I feel is a good match for a white fixture if you absolutely must have a fixture color other than white. It goes well with the Caribbean vibe.
The swirl element in my Contemporary Swirl fixture style is like a nautilus. My fixture style that has more scrolls also would capture the Caribbean vibe as well.
If you would like to see more pictures of Volcanic Ocean Reef, it can be seen here.
After taking a bit over a month off from painting and creating to recover from the birth of my beautiful baby boy, I’m fully back in motion. He’s very lucky that I work from a studio that I own and that he can be with me all the time. I’ve been wearing him in a front carrying pack.
One of my newest geometric abstract painted chandeliers is titled Medallions of the Earth and features jeweled medallions and sun symbols—just a few of the complexly interwoven elements that form the composition for this amazing beautiful new work of art. This painted chandelier was completed before the birth of my little boy and I’m just now releasing it. Within a month I’ll send it to one of my galleries and it will then fly out the door…as they all do, that is if I don’t sell this piece through my studio first.
In this chandelier, I’m mixing my fiery desert colors with earthy tones. I’m always experimenting with my color palate, growing and changing. This is what a good artist does—simply because we can change and grow. From one year to the next, I’ll always have completely fresh designs and ideas. That helps to keep my work interesting and exciting, especially since I sell a lot of chandeliers each year and I create and paint all of them! I need to keep my life’s work exciting and full of light. I challenge myself on a daily basis to create the very best art possible.
The fixture design that this piece is shown in is my Contemporary Swirl forged fixture and it’s become my favorite fixture design for my geometric abstracts.
This exquisite lamp shade was commissioned through one of my galleries this past fall. The clients had specific colors and flowers that they were matching to a reverse painted chandelier that I had created the previous year and that they had purchased through the same gallery.
The shade was 17″ in diameter and was paired with a base that was 20.5″ tall. It was a great size for the shade.
I create all of my own glass shades here in my studio and they are specific sizes and shapes. Glass forming is an art in itself. Those antique, specialty glass shapes that are on the antique painted lamps were likely created by various glass companies in Europe in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The process of creating a commissioned reverse painted lamp shade is easy. We would discuss first if you like the style and subjects that you see on my website. This would indicate that I’d be a good fit as an artist for your special lamp creation. If you can point to similar work in either my hand painted lamps or hand painted chandeliers then that helps to create a starting point for you lamp shade. We then discuss color and flowers, if your piece is a floral. If you are considering one of my unique geometric abstract designs in a lamp. then we’d discuss color and abstract elements. If you have pictures of your room then that is also very helpful for me to see. All of this info then is incorporated into a proposal for you and I to reference.
My glass bowls do not necessarily fit all of the lamp bases out there that are original to this art form. If you have a lamp base that you love, feel free to send me a pic of it without it’s shade and I can let you know if my glass shades would work with your lamp base. The lamp bases that I normally pair with my work are all very study and elegant. A base needs to be heavy enough to support my thicker glass shades so that they will not easily tip over. My bases are strong and are very stable.
To get back to this specific commission, more images can be seen here. A lamp is a beautiful way to add another piece of this fine art form to your room.
Just You and the Beach is another sold Mini Master Island Painting. This is one of four paintings that is shipping to a collector back East. This is a Kauai’i North Shore beach scene that I’ve painted large scale several times. I love this beach. It’s semi-private because you have to know where to turn off the highway. There isn’t marked parking or any signs. You then go down a little cliff to the beach. Every time I visit this little private beach has been empty.
And it’s not very large. A couple stands of tall coconut palms provide a lot of nice shade. I love the detail of the bark of coconut palms and I paint them often, upclose and detailed in my larger works.
This small original oil painting is on a 12×6 inch gallery wrapped canvas and is painted around the edges. I absolutely love painting in both oil and watercolor. I’ve been torn between the two mediums for years but these days I have less time to do so in a given year because I am so busy creating my reverse painted glass chandeliers which require complete fabrication before the painting even begins.
But I do plan to try to offer more Mini Master Island Painting this coming year. Just painting small scale reminds me of how much I miss doing so. I’ve sold a couple hundred small original oil paintings, many through the art festivals that I used to exhibit here in California. These small gems have always been very popular with my collectors and I’ve kept them very affordable—I definitely charge less for these paintings over my chandeliers simply because they are so joyful to paint. When I don’t have time to paint them, I am forced to put them on the back burner to handle my demanding painted chandelier commission queue and gallery demands which can last for many months without a break…so if you like my small oil paintings, it’s better to collect when they are posted and available.
These days most of my works—both painted chandeliers and oil and watercolor wall paintings—are sold through my website to collectors in other states and not through festivals.
12×6 inch Mini Master Oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas
Coconut Coast is a new Mini Master Island Painting featuring a favorite beach scene in Kauai on the East side of the island. A lush green gras lawn lies in front of a protected beach. Tropical red hibiscus flowers line the perimeter. Tall coconut palms sway in the cool breeze as gentle waves roll into the shore.
Kauai is definitely one of my favorite islands to paint! This little gem is an oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas so it is painted around the endues and can either hang on the wall solo or in a grouping. The canvas is thick around the endues so this painting can also stand upright on it’s own on a mantel, as seen below.
My original oil paintings are painted loosely and with great expression. I enjoy feeling the moment when I’m painting these small scale oil paintings.
The past few months I’ve been working hard to complete several hand painted chandelier commissions for private clients. Earlier in the year I was working hard to make sure that my galleries had the painted chandeliers that they need. Some of my clients have expressed that they would choose available chandeliers, if only I had any in my studio. Part being a professional artist is having enough work available. In this phase of my career, my hand painted glass chandeliers are very much in demand and have been so for a few years. But I am honored and humbled with every commission that collectors trust me with.
Usually by late July, I’m able to begin to paint a series of chandeliers that are painted freely, to give to galleries or keep here in my studio for the fall season as people are busy traveling and on vacations. This year I’ve been very busy through the summer but as mid-July approached, I did manage to set aside some space to paint a couple chandeliers on my own—without any particular client in mind. Part of refreshing my creativity means creating a few painted chandeliers freely—it’s incredibly important.
Tropical flowers and exotic birds are a subject near and dear to my heart. It is my ‘natural’ style as an artist—the subject I am most drawn to. My career as an oil and watercolor painting took off after college with tropical subjects, mainly flowers and island scenes. They greatly inspire my work and my life. In the 2000s I sold a couple hundred tropical themed paintings through art festivals in California and through my website.
When I began to create hand painted chandeliers, tropical flowers and exotic birds were my first subjects. What I absolutely love about tropical flowers are their colors and their boldness and size. I love pink and red gingers and their broad leaves. Torch gingers are so dramatic and waxy—and they last a long time in an arrangement. Orchids come in so many varieties that colors and shapes are endless though I must admit I’m very fond of using reds and violets in my orchids. The biggest wonders for me are the large pendant family heliconias with the broad waxy leaves that tower above a house.
The teal color adds a surprising color element. Shell gingers drape elegantly, birds of paradise are painted in dramatic colors. The overall color palate is very sophisticated in this hand painted chandelier. The soft violets and pinks add a moody element, like a quick rain shower. Most of my island travel is to Hawaii and we tend to prefer the jungle sides because they are so lush with flowers and gardens. We are big exotic garden fans so we do tour a lot of gardens…and we try to maintain our own when we are on the Big Island—always so much work to do!
This fall I’m looking forward to traveling to Kauai again with my mother and my husband’s mother. We usually stay on the Coconut Coast, which is the East side of the island. It’s been a couple years since I’ve be able to go back to Kauai because we’ve had so much to do on Big Island…but as I’m expecting our little boy in January, this is going to be a trip were we relax and shop and sit on the beach…and tour the island of course! I’m looking forward to gathering more inspiration from the isle that’s inspired so many of my island scenes…and hopefully many more hand painted chandeliers to come!
This is a new 24″ reverse painted glass chandelier with soft romantic colors and flowers intermixed with sky blues. This piece is titled Spring Country. I love how the sections of sky have ferns and soft leaves are spaced out in the glass and surrounded by lush spring flower blooms.
I’m always painting new concepts and always looking for new ways to make all of my hand-crafted reverse painted glass chandeliers unique. Spring Country will be really exquisite in it’s hand forged fixture.