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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.
I’m so pleased with how well this chandelier turned out…was going to wait until my delivery drive to show this piece here on my bog but thought, “hey, I can show it now and then”!’ This is a beautiful reflection of California wine country.
The iron fixture for this piece was custom made and hand forged specifically to fit this one glass bowl—and is an example of what I refer to as my ‘ornate style’ iron fixture. Though I love to paint large chandeliers, very few of my pieces each year qualify as large. Most people can handle a large painted chandelier in their space…but they are expensive to create. I only create large chandeliers on commission as people tend to want something specific in a commission…and again, they are quite expensive to make that I wait for those specific pieces.
This hand painted chandelier has grapes of many colors including red, violet, burgundy, green, yellow and blue plus song birds. The client also requested a humming bird or two and I did paint those for her though they are not normally part of my Vineyard Romance Series chandeliers. The large size of this piece allows for the extra grape colors and extra birds and dragonflies (which were painted from pictures from my pond). It photographed lovely and I really wanted to share it with you now! Thank you for looking at my newest, reverse painted glass chandelier in my Vineyard Romance Series.
Arizona Contemporary, abstract reverse painted glass chandelier inspired by studio glass art movement
This is another design idea for my abstract reverse painted glass chandeliers that I’m very excited about. Arizona Contemporary is inspired by both concepts that I’ve had in my mind for a few years and design elements taken from the studio glass movement, which turns 50 years old this year!
Desert flowers alternate with colorful sections that are inspired by stringers in blown and fused glass. When this hand painted chandelier hangs, from some angles it appears to swirl and from other angles it appears like linear waves on a gentle lake. It has the colors of the Sedona, Arizona sunset and yet it’s contemporary, thus the name.
The studio glass arts movement formed in the early 70s. These wonderful artists pushed the boundaries of hot glass and are responsible for making blown glass and fused glass the popular art form that it is today. These are the same wonderful artists that I owe thanks for educating the public through art festivals on the value of glass art and that is the reason why younger artists like myself are able to successfully make a living. Through the art festival system, I know many veteran studio glass artists, some of which had studios of 10 assistants in their hey-day. These days a large glass art studio is expensive to run so many of these same artists (who at one point were selling over a million in glass art sales each year) are now down to one or two production assistants. I have exhibited my oil and watercolor paintings in tropical themes in art festivals in California since 2003. Blown and fused glass has always been one of the most collected art forms in these shows.
I’d like to also point out that the art form of reverse painted glass is not part of the studio glass movement—it was a very popular art form in the late 1800s and early 1900s, so it’s hey-day predates the studio glass arts movement by a few decades.
Thank you for spending the time to look at yet another one of my reverse painted glass chandeliers and thank you for reading my blog!
Morning on Maui is my newest tropical reverse painted glass chandelier. This exotic piece incorporates all of my signature elements: red gingers, birds of paradise, orchids, palm fronds, wide leave tropical foliage, torch ginger, yellow ginger and a parrot. The colors are bold, cheerful and vibrant.
This painted chandelier will likely go down to my gallery in Santa Monica in June.
This new tropical reverse painted glass chandelier includes an elegant hand-forged iron fixture, ceiling canopy and chain— is ready to be installed. You will love the quality and artistry of my work! I really put a lot of time into each and every single one of my hand painted glass chandeliers—they are true labors of love.
Sedona Vortex was born from an idea that’s been floating around in my mind for several years. My idea was to take alternating sections of flowers and color blocks and have them swirl in the glass. This is an original concept for my reverse painted glass chandeliers. It is a fusion of my abstract and flower subjects painted in the color palate of the Arizona desert.
My desert flowers look as if they will burst out of their sections. This is a very dynamic, lovely painted chandelier and I do plan to create many different pieces in this vein. As far as contemporary glass art goes, this is a brand new twist on a very classic idea. Swirling elements have been used in lighting and architecture for centuries.
Sedona Vortex, my newest abstract reverse painted glass chandelier will debut at my new desert art gallery soon—I’m very excited about this. Stay tuned for more details!!!
This has been a very creative and challenging Spring season. In the past several months I’ve had major creative break throughs in my abstract painted chandelier styles. As a professional artist, it’s important to me to have my own signature painting styles and that’s something that I’ve been developing through the years.
Successful artists like myself balance a lot when they work. They must keep their business going on all fronts as well as create commissions, create new works for their galleries and shows and also find time to explore the new ideas that my be percolating in their minds for years. For me, the “new” ideas also means experimenting with my iron fixture styles as well. It’s a lot to juggle! You have to keep all the other balls in the air, moving and there are days where the inspiration just isn’t there. On those days, I break.
Many of my “newest” chandelier concepts at any given time really come out of ideas that I’ve been developing in my mind for many years. This spring, the addition of two new galleries, both of which sell contemporary glass art, has finally given me the push that I needed to explore my reverse abstract painted chandelier concepts for these markets. My “Circles” series is one distinct concept that I’m really enjoying right now and the chandeliers turn out delightful! I’m also currently exploring other abstract concepts that I’ve had in my mind for a long time and you can see those in my painted chandeliers section or in my future blogs. Sometimes it takes an outside push to move beyond of your comfort zone.
As I’ve said before, a lot of work goes into each of my reverse painted chandeliers! So spending valuable time in taking risks on new ideas isn’t always easy for me…but I’m finally at the point in a creative cycle where all of my thoughts are coming to the surface and they are highly developed ideas so my success rate has been 100% lately. Please check back for new works over the next two months—I promise that you will not be disappointed!
Creating “new” painted night lights has become a favorite part of my creative time. This hand painted night light was originally concepted as one of two abstract pieces for a collector who already has three of my reverse painted abstract chandeliers.
I liked both designs so much that I decided to add them to my line of hand painted night lights. This particular piece has colors that are inspired by the Arizona, Sedona desert. Violets, reds, desert greens and sun yellow along with vortex symbols make for a lovely work of art.
This night light lights up beautifully! This is a small sample of my reverse painted chandeliers. If you love desert colors and abstracts then this piece could be for you! Only 33 plus 6 for shipping. Each of my painted night lights are hand-crafted here in my studio.
This Honolulu Beauties Series Geisha night light has already sold to a favorite collector…but I wanted to share it with you. My last two sets of night lights in this series featured red, black and gold colors. This hand painted night light features purples, oranges and magenta/pink.
I love this new series! When I paint new concepts it takes me a while to develop the line. I’m not yet sure of what colors will be featured next as I’m going to paint more of these gems in pieces with purples.
My “new” tropical Bird of Paradise night light was previewed and then promptly sold out last month and has lovely warm colors. We grow birds of paradise at my home studio and they are now blooming in my garden! Through the years I have painted this flower differently in my glass night lights with different colors and different flower poses.
These night lights are small samples of my reverse painted chandeliers and have been in a continual evolution since the first pieces were created.
Watch for new designs in April!
I wish I had found these photos two months earlier when I was trying to convey to a client, who lives in the Southern part of my state, the difference between a 32″ glass bowl and a 24″ glass bowl—as we were trying to decide on a good size for her reverse painted glass chandelier commission.
The 1st truth is that my 24″ painted chandeliers are perfect for most people and they look beautiful—each glass bowl is hand-crafted and hand painted by me. I’ve installed them into small seaside cottages of 800 sqft and the other extreme—voluminous rooms with 20′ ceilings with both types of clients thinking that the chandelier fit the space beautifully.
The 2nd truth is that most spaces—even small rooms—can handle one of my larger, reverse painted glass chandeliers. The difference between my standard 24″ size and a larger size like a 32″ or a 36″ is a) impact and b) price. You can definitely hang a larger painted chandelier over a dining table in a small room and the results will be very dramatic, guaranteed. The cost for me to produce my painted chandeliers in larger sizes goes up dramatically and the time involved also quadruples. That said, my larger reverse painted glass chandeliers are stunning!!!
These images were of a painted chandelier commission from a couple of years ago. I photographed the glass bowls outside on my hot tub and this client owns one chandelier in a 24″ and one in a 32″ size. This is a complex art form in the sense that colors and design can make one chandelier over another of the same size appear to be larger. This art form has a three-dimensional element. As you walk around one of my reverse painted chandeliers the different flowers and leaves will pop out at you. The larger glass bowls literally have larger planes of dimension. Even though these two bowls look dramatically different in size, when hung the size difference appears to be even greater. The true depth of the glass bowl is deeper in the 32″ and it’s obvious that the painting inside the bowl is more elaborate. In many ways my larger reverse painted glass chandeliers are a totally different animal—there is just so much more surface space in the glass for me to paint—they really are a premium luxury product.
This 32″ bowl will also fit completely over the 24″ bowl with a lot of room to spare. What I don’t think these photos show are the true depth and how these pieces will hang and how stunning they are as paintings…but I think that these photos still can help illustrate a size difference between my standard size and a larger chandelier on a very basic level.
These images are meant to help you decide on a size that is right for you. If you need examples of larger chandeliers hanging in spaces call or email me and I’d be happy to send you examples. Knowing the size/s of my reverse painted glass chandeliers that you are contemplating and the colors/subjects is also helpful. As an artist, I’m happy to create both standard and large sizes—from a personal point I want you to have the chandelier that fits your room so one size over another does not matter to me.
My reverse painted lamp (far left) and my reverse painted ‘flat’ glass pieces are lovely compliments to this formal, traditional wood interior. This lovely home has a 20′ ceiling. The reverse painted bowl in the front is one of my painted chandelier bowls. I like to share with people how I create my work and seeing a painted chandelier up-close helps people to understand the artistry involved.
Trilogy at the Vineyards is a lovely and luxurious community and I have several friends who live here, many of which are artists. We gather semi-annually to create a show in which we share our works with the art patrons and artists of Brentwood. In May I will be exhibiting at Trilogy’s Club House for our annual East Contra Costa Artists’s Open Studio, an event in which almost 50 artists will open their homes and studios to the public in various locations. Stay tuned for more info, coming soon…