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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 is the second custom reverse painted lamp shade that I completed via commission for a couple in Florida who had broken one of a pair of treasured painted lamp shades. The shade that broke was a mass-produced type of shade, not done by any particular artist and probably done in a factory overseas but it’s Middle Eastern imagery had sentiment to my clients. It was really important to me to capture the concepts that represent desert life for my fellow Mediterranean friends.
As this was one of two shades that would be illuminated in the same room, we had determined that both would be in the same color palate. I had just completed a reverse painted shade with grapes, their cat’s face and two red birds and now it was time to use the same colors for this desert shade. We incorporated a camel and an oasis scene and palms and those flowed onto a side that had close-up pictures of my client’s flowers from their yard. The overall effect was both exotic and modern—there was nothing stuffy about the painting in this glass lamp shade.
The picture above shows an inside view of the scene. I think the hardest part about these two pieces was waiting for the paint to dry! Oh, and I should mention that a lot of time and thought did go into this reverse painted lamp shade and I think that it shows!
These two shades are good examples of commissions that arose out of tragic circumstances, being the breaking of a beloved lamp. At one point my clients exclaimed that they were almost happy that the one lamp was broken because they had a chance to design and create these two special reverse painted lamp shades. That made my day and I was very happy that my clients were please with their lamps. One more thing, these were installed onto two matching bases that the clients owned and I provided the decorative and functional hardware needed to fit and secure the shade. So if you have a lamp base that you’d like to use, send me pictures and I’ll let you know if it’s possible and what I can do to help make it work.
Just released a new Geisha reverse painted chandelier in my Honolulu Beauties Series. This is a 24″ diameter piece and features one ‘Geisha’ face. My Honolulu Beauties are inspired by the picture brides that went to Hawaii in the early 1900s. They left everything they knew behind in their homelands—their family, their foods, their climate and ways of life to start fresh with a husband that most of them had never met. All they had were the pictures that were sent over from prospective men who had toiled for years in the sugar cane plantations. It could take many years to save up enough money to send for a bride so most men were not as young as their pictures suggested and this was, of course, distressful for many brides.
Some would turn around and go back to Japan and others would stick it out to carve a new life in Hawaii. The tropical flowers that I’ve painted in this piece are lush and exotic and pay homage to a new life in the islands. I think that with time, many of these women did find happiness in this new world and many settled in and with them, they brought the traditions of their land which are now intermingled in the islands. Hawaii is a land where many peoples of the Pacific Rim have come with dreams of a new life.
A favorite section in this new reverse painted chandelier is to the left of the Geisha face. Exotic orchids, plumerias, gingers and leaves create a burst of energy and movement. Cherry blossoms shower our Geshia. Plumerias line the bottom of the chandelier. This is a very colorful reverse painted chandelier. Stay tuned for another Honolulu Beauties Series release, a 28″ reverse painted chandelier drying now!
I’m excited to announce that Circles of Sedona, an abstract reverse hand painted chandelier, is a 2013 NICHE Awards Finalist! I’ve know this since the fall but am now just getting the time to share.
This abstract, hand painted chandelier was made by me. I create and fire my glass bowls here in my studio. This piece has a diameter of 24″ and I designed the fixture ring to be large so that the painted glass bowl sits deep into the iron. ring. Each of my glass bowls start out as flat architectural grade glass that gets cut and then slumped in my kiln. After annealing and cooling the edges are sanded and the the glass is sand blasted so that there is no glare when looking at the painting—the sand blasting gives a nice diffused effect (though it is my least favorite task in creating the glass bowls).
My fixture design is “new” from 2012 and I designed it from client feedback. I needed a fixture design that would be contemporary and flexible yet simple and it also needed to reflect the ongoing themes in my abstract reverse hand painted chandeliers. The ‘circles’ and swirls symbolize eternity and life. They are profound to me and I am inspired endlessly by them. This particular reverse hand painted chandelier, Circles of Sedona, was sold through Kuivato Glass Gallery last fall.
This award is important because my work rarely fits into categories easily for awards so I don’t often get pats of the back as some of my other artists friends do. I ‘fuse’ glass are with painting and metalwork. My work spans multiple mediums that only seem to grow larger with the years. I feel that this is a very simple design in terms of my hand forged and welded fixture but yet it’s contemporary and fits my work well. It also offers a different look for my collectors who would prefer straight arms versus the scrolls and bends of my other fixture designs. My infinity/swirl/vortex symbol ties in well with the abstract paintings in my reverse hand painted chandeliers. This was a really lovely chandelier!
Cat Got The Grapes is the unofficial title that I gave to this commissioned, reverse hand painted lamp shade that was created for a couple who live in Florida. Every year I meet people who have unfortunately broken a painted lamp, usually an antique. The broken lamp in question for this client was not so much an antique but it had sentiment for my clients. My clients owned two, identical desert themed shades that were painted in a flat style that is so different from how I paint that initially I was hesitant to consider the project.
First I had to determine if I could match the shape of the glass that was broken. Turns out, I was unable to do that. The shade was paper thin and flared out at the ends and was also made for an unusual base. My reverse hand painted lamp shades begin here in my studio, with me creating and firing the glass shade shape. My glass shades are 18″ in diameter and will fit most any Tiffany style base with a few pieces of additional hardware that are provided by me.
Early on in the project we determined that I would make two shades and that each would be different but that the color palate would be the same. We decided to use the colors in my Vineyard Romance Series. The first shade would have grapes, leaves, two red birds and a portrait of my client’s cat. The second shade would have a desert scene to celebrate my client’s Lebanese heritage and also incorporate flowers from her garden.
Cat Got The Grapes was a more developed theme in my mind so it made sense to do this revere hand painted lamp shade first. Normally I do not paint pet portraits but I decided to take a chance on this one and as you can see, the cat turned out lovely! He is forever immortalized in my client’s shade and will forever have a part in their home. The base that this shade lives on came from my client. It was a lovely camel base and she owned two! So each shade would have the same base.
Circles of Promise is an abstract, reverse painted chandelier featuring my new contemporary iron fixture design. The coloring in this painted chandelier is very vibrant. I am the artist and my name is Jenny Floravita. All of my reverse painted chandeliers are painted by me in my studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. My signature abstract painting style has become as loved by my collectors as my exotic flower chandeliers.
My glass bowls are created here in my studio. My new iron fixture style incorporates the swirl and vortex element that runs throughout my abstract themed chandeliers. My abstract reverse painted chandeliers are works of art for the ceiling. The rods that hold the glass are not lamp rods—they are solid steel rods that we fabricate here in my studio. This is a clean design that I’ve been working on for some time and it’s very relevant to my abstracts.
A lot of work and craftsmanship goes into each of my reverse painted chandeliers. Painting and creating these glass chandeliers unique works is a labor of love. 24″ diameter refers to the size of the glass bowl and is a very good size for most people and in fact, it is a standard size for many bowl-shaped chandeliers. I’d also like to point out that because my glass bowls are made here in my studio, they are a whole different animal to what you see in the big home depot type stores—my glass bowls are 1/4″ thick! They aren’t wafer thin.
If you look at this reverse painted chandelier’s page here you will see 21 detail images. The reason why I’m showing so many detail images is because Circles of Promise is a very complex chandelier painting. Lighting is hard to photograph so know that my reverse painted chandeliers are even lovelier in person.
If you are looking for a contemporary, decorative lighting fixture then know that all of my reverse painted chandeliers are original works of art in their own right—no two are alike.
I’m so excited!!! This has been a long time coming but I’m finally able to say that I have a new forged-fixture design option for my abstract reverse painted glass chandeliers. The fixture I’m showing here is my new Circles of Color chandelier. You can see more details on it’s page: http://floravitalights.com/portfolio/circles-of-color-abstract-reverse-painted-chandelier
The swirl element ties into my swirl and circles theme. It would look lovely on my Vortex piece as well and can also be paired with any of my other painted chandeliers if you want a reverse painted glass chandelier for your room yet need it to be a contemporary lighting fixture. It’s contemporary and clean in design, hangs lovely and gets away from the Tuscan and traditional scrolled iron designs of my other fixtures.
When you are a busy working artist as I am, every new idea can take a while before a design materializes into a piece you can touch. As clean and simple as this design is, I spent the better part of this past half year thinking about it and drawing different options before I was able to make it into the iron fixture you see today. The objective was to design a fixture that would fit my contemporary abstract chandeliers that would have a main element that would tie into the motifs that I like to use in my glass paintings. You will see more of these fixtures accompanying my abstract reverse painted glass chandeliers.
With the Summer Danville Fine Arts Faire behind me, it’s time to leave to deliver work to my fine art glass gallery in Santa Monica, which sells contemporary glass art for some of the nation’s most established artists. Yes, I’ll be sharing the info for this gallery upon my return—when I’m not in such a hurry. I am very excited to be represented by them! So, yesterday I spent the entire day wiring, balancing and hand painted each of my forged iron fixtures. I personally hang and double, triple check each fixture for my reverse painted chandeliers myself to make sure that they hang straight and look as perfect as possible before they ship to you. My work is, after all, hand-crafted, hand-forged, hand-painted—you get the gist! Now I’m about to hand-pack a bunch of pieces carefully into my truck for the journey down to sunny Southern California!
Sunflowers in Laguna is one of the reverse painted chandeliers that this gallery will carry. It’s a lovely piece with sunny colors, birds of paradise, sunflowers and other tropical and coastal California flowers—perfect for a beach side home. Actually, I think I’d better hand-wash the truck first!!! Can’t have it looking dusty going down to Santa Monica to delivery my painted chandeliers…
This past weekend was very hot at the annul Summer Danville Fine Arts Faire but I’m proud to say that it was still a great success. Despite 108 degree weather on Saturday and slightly cooler weather—but still hot—on Sunday I sold several significant pieces. The reverse painted chandelier here was titled Honolulu Beauties—a lovely geisha themed piece that’s based on the historic Japanese woodblock prints with a tropical, Hawaiian flower twist—went to a lovely home in San Ramon—wonderful couple! It will be greatly loved in their home. This was a lovely piece.
Thank you to all who came out to the show and to all who had such nice things to say about my hand-crafted, reverse painted chandeliers—it was great to meet you and hope to see you again soon!
Temperatures could be in the 90s on Saturday in Danville, California for the annual summer Danville Fine Arts Faire, website is: www.mlaproductions.com/Danville-Spring. Sunday should be a bit milder as temperatures are predicted to be in the early 80s—absolutely perfect weather for an art festival..that said, Sunday is also the second day and that means missing the opportunities of choosing from your favorite artist’s works.
Personally I love the heat but anything above 90 degrees becomes uncomfortable for most heat lovers. If you plan to come to the show, bring a big bottle of water. To avoid the worst of the heat it’s advised to come early—many artists will be set-up by 9:30am and all will be ready to show their arts and crafts by 10am. Coming early to any show also has the added advantage of not missing out on art works that have already sold. The morning also provides for more shade on the street in general.
One would think that heat keeps people away from an art show but it isn’t true—people still come out in waves to enjoy a precious day away from the office in the sun. You just have to be prepared with a hat or sun umbrella, sunscreen and plenty of water so that you can walk the show and visit with artists in relative comfort. If you bring your precious doggie, please have his/her water and bowl with you…or better yet, leave them at home during the hottest hours of day. The hot pavement, which we don’t feel through our sandals and running shoes, can burn their feet and holds heat for a long time.
The above image is a detail from Coastal Bouquet, a reverse painted chandelier. Hope to see you this weekend at the Danville Fine Arts Faire!
Just wanted to share another view of my newest abstract, reverse painted chandelier that is titled Circles of Eternity. I am trying to decide if I will take this piece (over an abstract piece that will be finished today) down to my glass art gallery in Santa Monica, California. The decision must be made by Wednesday.
This abstract painted chandelier has a lot of bright, cheerful colors that are in a palate that is seen in decor in the greater Los Angeles area. People there will take bold chances on dynamic and dramatic wall colors so my chandeliers should fit in well.
This chandelier continues with my ‘Circles’ theme which uses the symbolism of life cycles, sun elements and my exotic leaves. My next, newest abstract reverse painted chandelier in this theme will have more unique elements and color patterns. If all goes well I should be able to photograph it on Tuesday to share with you shortly.