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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.
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.
Just want to say Thank You to all of my collectors for helping me to have another fantastic year in 2013! I feel very blessed to be able to do what I love for a living, which is paint beautiful images that come from my soul. You have all made it possible for me to do so…and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I want to share the above image, it’s from a new 33″ reverse painted chandelier that will be available soon. Think I’m going to title it Romantic Garden. It has a lot of dark exotic colors, very mystical and lush. This past fall I created a ton of floral chandeliers that I didn’t get a chance to post onto my website for all of you to see…so I’ll be trying to put a few more pieces up before the end of the month.
My work is inspired by a lot of different elements and it tends to go in waves. I’ll paint pieces with certain color combos or waves of floral chandeliers or sets of abstracts or desert flower pieces…keeps my galleries guessing and my work fresh for my collectors!
Right now, I’m probably inspired by darker more romantic colors because we are in winter. Though California has a very mild winter, it is very cold for my blood as I am in my element in coastal and tropical weather. To beat the winter blues (please don’t laugh at me) I need to keep painting and creating through these cold months. It keeps me sane. You will see a new flury of work coming out of my studio through March, for sure!
Seems that I’m able to also post more in these months. I’m always very busy, my work is in great demand and a lot of people expect a lot out of me at this point…but in the winter months, I do have more peace for some reason. By the late summer, seems like I’m not able to post as many works—I am usually swamped beyond belief as a LOT goes into creating my reverse painted chandeliers as you all know. Thank You to all of you who collect my work—please stay tuned for another exciting year! And a most prosperous year to all of you!!!
I’d like to introduce a new vineyard themed reverse hand painted glass chandelier, Napa Valley Romance. This is a gorgeous hand painted chandelier that combines red, violet and pale blue grapes with leaves, vines, sunflowers and roses. The flow of the grapes intermixed with the flowers is very graceful. Tuscan colors make this reverse painted chandelier perfect for homes that incorporate similar colors or wine themes.
The inspiration for this painted chandelier came from a collector last fall who ordered two 36″ Vineyard Romance chandeliers—one had grapes and song birds and the other intertwined roses, sunflowers and columbine flowers through the grapes and vines. Both pieces had Tuscan colors and also deep burgundy colors to match the richness of the dining room. That got me thinking that I’d like to incorporate countryside flowers into my vineyard chandeliers.
When I paint grapes, they are full with color and depth. They shine and also have waxy areas. My grape clusters look as if you could pluck them right off the vine. The roses have soft petals and my sunflowers are full of motion, gazing towards the sun. If you’d like to see more pictures of Napa Valley Romance, look for it on my Chandeliers page.
All of my reverse hand painted glass chandeliers are hand crafted and painted by me, Jenny Floravita. My studio is in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. I live surround by vineyards. Painting my vineyard inspired chandeliers brings me back to early childhood memories of my grandparent’s shade filled trellised patio that hung heavy with dark blue grapes. They would tend to their garden. I’d sweep the red patio clean from leaves and rock in the swinging patio couch.
Darell, these below pieces are quickly taken images of new reverse hand painted glass chandeliers. They are all beautiful in person, hanging in their fixtures and all should be ready to travel in another week along with the other pieces that I’m going to send you links to via email.
To my blog followers: these new painted chandeliers will likely go to one or two of my galleries so if you are interested in any of these specific works, please contact me and I’ll put you in contact with the gallery staff. They are all unique and original.
The reverse painted chandelier bowl below is a romantic flower piece that has wisteria and roses, peonies…very stunning in person, very soft and lushly painted, very elaborate in overlapping. I just love all the sides, so I’m showing you 4 images…
Below is another abstract…
Below is a “window” abstract and floral—these are a favorite for me to paint… It has desert flowers alternating with color sections that have abstractions.
Circles of Summer is a stunning new 24″ abstract reverse hand painted glass chandelier. Vibrant shades reds, violets, yellows and soft pinks make this painted chandelier uplifting. It has beautiful colors and is lavishly painted. This is an original reverse hand painted chandelier.
The opposite side has cool aqua and violet hues and is accented by lime greens, yellows and soft pink magenta colors. My Circles Series represent cycles of life. Everyone has their own unique path yet we all travel closely. When I paint, I try to feel the composition. Sometimes I go into the process of creating one of my abstract painted chandeliers with specific colors or an idea that I want to convey. Other times I try to simply create and I let my intuition as an artist speak through my brush.
Nautilus symbols frequent my designs. They are found in fossils in the desert areas that inspire my desert hued reverse painted chandeliers. What was once water is now desert until the land sinks beneath an ocean once more and that is another cycle of life. The sun gives energy and warmth and is critical to our lives. Sun symbols are often found in my abstract works. The aqua areas often represent bodies of water.
My Contemporary Swirl forged fixture style was designed specifically for my abstract reverse hand painted glass chandeliers. I had chosen to photograph this piece in my Standard hand forged fixture because my abstracts look good in all of my fixtures.
Flower of the Coast is a new reverse hand painted glass chandelier. It is 24″ in glass diameter and it is photographed here in my hand forged fixture, Contemporary Swirl…though my floral chandelier would definitely lend themselves naturally to my more scrolled and more formal chandelier fixture styles. Most of my clients who choose my Contemporary Swirl fixture style do so because they have very contemporary surroundings.
Prior to moving to the Delta which flows into the San Francisco Bay I lived in Santa Cruz and Aptos—both two colast town here in California that will always have a part of my heart. One of the things that I liked to do best and found very soothing to my mind was to walk the many villages and beaches. Sunflowers, chrysanthemums, roses are very popular as are ferns and other wildflowers that will grow in such a temperate climate. These walks were very meditative and allowed me to fully enjoy life and the outdoors. I learned to greatly appreciate the blessings that have been bestowed upon my life in general and as an artist.
Artists need to gather inspiration for their work and the coast and it’s flowers and essence have always been my primary inspiration. It makes sense, as I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. Everyone has a place that they gravitate towards. As I began to travel I discovered that visiting islands and other coastal communities fill me with continued inspiration for both my oil and watercolor paintings and my reverse hand painted glass chandeliers.
It’s a true blessing to be able to live life and work as an artist. There are only a few days each year where I do not have the desire to create…and on those days, I rest. For a few other days, I travel to my galleries or I travel with my husband to our getaway in Hawaii. The longer that I live as an artist, the bigger my body of work. If I could give everyone a sense of what it feels like to live a dream (that I work so hard for) and feel the same blessings, I would.
That said, it’s Saturday and I need to begin my studio work for the day…to see what my brushes create.
The process of letting a work of art go and how Jenny Floravita does that with her reverse hand painted glass chandeleirs
The process of letting a work of art go—be it one of my reverse hand painted glass chandeliers or be it an oil or watercolor painting of a tropical flower or a Hawaiian beach is challenging. It is challenging for me because I invest so much of my life’s energy into each work. When I was young, just out of college with my bachelors in Art from University of California, Santa Cruz, it was in my mind that I could paint two versions of the same painting. One I would sell and the other I would keep. Working with an art coach who specialized in professional aspects around an artist’s career helped me break that cycle in my mind.
This may seem like a very odd problem but we all know that all people have their quirks. And when you consider what an artist puts into their work in terms of time and thought, it’s actually quite easy to understand. Over the course of my career I have now sold a few hundred paintings—I have lost track and have no desire to count anymore. I simply create. Becoming a prolific artist was necessary in order to make a living. I had to learn to create a lot of oil and watercolor paintings in the years that I sold them through fine art festivals here in California. That is how artists live—it is very expensive to be in business as an artist, to buy materials and to take your work to market bet it galleries or festivals. Travel is still a huge expense for me. I’d like to point out that it’s far more expensive to create chandeliers than it ever was to create and sell ‘wall art’.
To get back to my point, becoming prolific helped me to slowly let go of my fears of knowing that I’ll never see that precious original again. There was a very specific point in time where I had created an over-sized watercolor for a client in Walnut Creek, California in which I can point to having broken that fear. I delivered the painting and realize that I was able to walk away and not look back. I loved that painting. Just recently I came across it in photos from the early part of my career in the early 2000s. It was a surprisingly good painting and I remember the entire process like it was yesterday.
The picture here is one of three tropical flower and parrot themed revers hand painted glass chandeliers that were created for one client. This is my favorite of the three. I took a lot of photos of this piece in order to preserve the memory. When my painted glass chandeliers leave my studio, the go to be packed and then travel on their way to their new home. As an artist, I know that I’ll never see these pieces again so I send them with ‘light’ and prosperity. I hope that my clients will receive the same joy from their reverse hand painted glass chandeliers as I did in creating them. That said, I now need to go up to my studio to move a large tropical flower oil painting towards completion…and yes, I’ll be photographing this time-consuming labor of love before it travels to Oregon!
Evening Oasis is one of my abstract reverse hand painted chandeliers. It’s different because of the vast areas that have cool aqua colors. It’s a gorgeous piece and yet very different from so many of my abstract themed painted glass chandeliers.
Personally, my home has a lot of aqua colors. I’m always accenting with watery blues—ocean colors whereas my mother always chooses hot fiesta and fall colors, a color palate that has been all the rage for a few years as it is energizing and cheerful.
What I like about blues and water colors are their soothing effect. Most of the rest of my color palate in this piece contains cooler versions of hues. Magenta colors are cool as are the violets that I am using.
All of my reverse hand painted chandeliers are painted by me, Jenny Floravita, and are originals. A lot of time and thought goes into the painting process. My form of reverse glass painting requires the ability to both plan and yet be very spontaneous. It is like being fluid in a language. People have often asked me how I was introduced to this art form: and it was through an interior designer many years ago. Since then my style has blossomed. I also cannot emphasize enough that my fixtures are my hand forged designs and my glass bowls are fired and created here, my my studio—these are not big box lighting fixtures that I’m simply painting with. A lot of work goes into each of my reverse hand painted chandeliers before my brush ever hits the glass. At this point, a lot of years have also gone into the way in which I now create my work. Art is an evolution.