Jhenna is a contemporary realist painter with meditative compositions in oil that often feature birds. She is nationally-known and represented by numerous galleries, with work in museum, corporate and private collections. In 2019, Jhenna received a spotlight in Western Art & Architecture Magazine and was selected to take part in Birds in Art at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Her inspiration comes from connecting with nature, studying Japanese masters, and observing the tenets of wabi-sabi--the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Originally from Chicago, Jhenna has made Southern Oregon her home for 20 years.
All That Was Lost Is Found
Study for All That Was Lost Is Found
Art is my way of communication and expression. It has been a driving force in me and my great love since childhood. From my earliest memories I have had this inherent fascination to express what I saw and to translate it.
I endeavor to capture a wondrous glimpse of a moment held in time and to share it with the viewer.
I am drawn to simplicity of color, style, and composition. My inspiration comes from Japanese masters such as Utagawa Hiroshige, Uta Maro, and Hasegawa Tōhaku. In college, I took courses on the Japanese Tea Ceremony and the art of flower arrangement. It is there I discovered the tenets of wabi-sabi, the adherence to beauty in the imperfect, the impermanent, and in austerity.
By removing all that is unnecessary in my compositions and exercising restraint and simplicity, I invite the viewer to slow down. Be patient and look. Pay attention to all the necessary details. I believe this is why my works impart a meditative feeling.