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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.
It’s a small world and I think everybody alive today in this country has been effected by the tragic events of 10 years ago. Almost everybody knows someone who lost a loved one or who survived by what seems like sheer luck. I know two people who directly lost either friends or family on September 11, ten years ago. This in mind, I thought that today I should be productive despite the somber mood of our country. The above piece is a reverse painted table lamp that I completed today.
Though nobody alive in my family today directly remembers the attacks on Peal Harbor—our nation’s other significant foreign attack— my family carries this unfortunate event in our history. My grandmother and her family waited two weeks to find out if her older brother was alive—and he was, though he returned a very different person. His ship, the USS West Virginia, sank in the battle and he lost friends in the most horrible of ways. For my great-uncle, from what I understand his life was never easy after that fateful day. I think that the family probably felt extreme relief to find him alive. I’m sure that helped make our memory of Pearl Harbor a bit better, considering the circumstances.
Painting is my greatest gift and what I feel is my purpose in this life. It’s my contribution to society—however small—and it’s important to me to continue to use my talent to produce beauty. When I was painting this reverse painted table lamp I thought of all of the highly productive people who’s lives were cut short—some in an instant and some in what must have been an agonizingly long time—and all of the people who grieved hardest from their loss. Life is what it is…the good and the bad. I worked today in honor and contemplation of those who would not have the choice…ten years later.
There were thousands of reverse painted lamps done during the Victorian era. This was once a very popular art form. These hand painted lamps bring charm and ambiance into a room. Their soft light adds warmth.
From an artistic point of view, a reverse painted lamp will add color and surprise. People who love lamps will look for just the ‘right’ piece. If you think that you do not have a space for a reverse painted chandelier in a specific room but love the art form then chances are that you can find a perfect space for one of these lovely painted lamps.
The first few lamps that I created turned out so beautiful! I’m very pleased and proud of them. Right now all of the bases that I offer are Tiffany reproductions but who knows…maybe within the year I’ll have my own line of bases that are custom to my hand-crafted glass bowls.
This particular lamp is from my Vineyard Romance Series and the colors are inspired from Tuscany.
If you have your own special lamp base that you just can’t part with, then I can provide the glass bowl to fit. Each piece is created and signed by me, the artist!
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