Next in the artist series, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Jenny Prinn! She is a painter of really bright, vibrant, and bold pieces which I just adore. Jenny is such a sweet and lovely person to boot. Let’s get to the interview shall we?!
How did you become an artist? What was your training?
I always dreamed of being an artist, but I never thought that it would be a viable career choice. I am so blessed–I am truly living a dream.
I graduated with a degree in Art History and Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College. And even though I have taken a lot of Fine Art classes throughout my life—I would have to say that I am mostly self taught. Out of college I pursued art but in a different form–I started my 20+ year career as a photo stylist. During my 20’s I experimented with painting–but I truly became a painter in my early 30’s. From the moment I picked up a brush in 2001 I knew that this was what I was supposed to do. The time was right and I was ready.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a bunch of commissions, all of them very different and of varying sizes—from quite small on paper to quite large, (48″x60″) on canvas. I love doing commission work—I get excited to collaborate with clients to create the perfect custom piece for their space.
I’m also painting new works for Serena and Lily and for my own website shop. I’ve been very busy! But that’s a good thing–I love it!
Where do you do your work from?
I have a studio in my home, which is super convenient and allows me to paint at any time of day! I love the flexibility that it affords me. And that I can be here when my youngest gets off the bus.
Who or what is inspiring you right now?
The shift into Autumn is inspiring me right now—and more specifically, the look and feel of Fall fabrics. I’m intrigued by how they physically feel but more importantly, how they make me feel. I love Fall and all that it brings. I’m excited about translating that onto the canvas.
What are you the most proud of?
Other than my awesome sons, it would have to be the fact that I’m actually doing this–that I’m actually making a living as an artist!! I wake up every day so thankful and so excited that I get to paint. Somebody needs to pinch me!
What is your most prized piece of art in your home? What is the story behind it?
A portrait of an old man from the 1940’s. My father was an Antiques Dealer and he gave me this painting years ago. I love everything about this work of art. The brushwork is amazing–especially in his face and beard. The palette is beautifully controlled, and I love that there is a quiet stillness about it. My life is loud, busy and crazy—and this wonderful old man greets me every day with his calm stillness. I love it. I also adore that it doesn’t have a frame–instead, vintage nail heads line the sides of the stretchers. But most of all, I love that my dad gave this painting to me–when I look at it it reminds me of him.
(all photos courtesy of Jenny Prinn)