A Luminous Grace: Jennifer JL Jones

7 Nov

An artist I met recently regaled me with tales of how she painted with “glow in the dark” paint.  While I can certainly understand the desire for work that glows, I prefer to see the luminosity achieved instead by the deft use of color, layering, and a way of revealing light in a more natural, less neon-sign kind of way.  Case in point, the work of Atlanta artist Jennifer JL Jones glows gracefully, as if lit from within.

Bluebird, mixed media on wood panel, 48×48

Taking her cues from nature, Jones builds layer upon layer of material, creating a canvas as ever changing as the scenes they reflect.  As the seasons change, different aspects of the landscape advance and recede.  So too, in Jones’ work, as we gaze upon it the elements in each work seem to float and fluctuate in a delicate dance.

Radiant Flux I, oil on wood panel, 40×40

Prelude to Spring, mixed media on wood panel, 40×40

These paintings have an ethereal mystery to them, like a wooded lake shrouded in mist or standing behind the veil of a waterfall.  What we see isn’t quite clear, but we know there is beauty.

Ojai, mixed media, 60×60

To see more of Jennifer JL Jones’ work, please visit her website.  If you’re in the Atlanta area, don’t miss her show Wet Ink with fellow artists Courtney J. Garrett and Kathryn Jacobi at Alan Avery Art Company.  I’m looking forward to seeing what new work Jennifer has at Stellers Gallery when I go home to Florida in a few days!

All images are via the artist’s website or the website of her Santa Fe representing gallery, Hunter Kirkland Contemporary.

8 Responses to “A Luminous Grace: Jennifer JL Jones”

  1. mandymaplesphillips November 7, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Breathtaking.

    • Lesley November 7, 2012 at 10:57 am #

      Aren’t they? I can’t get enough of her work.

  2. Mark Yearwood November 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Jennifer is a great friend and a gifted artist! Thanks for writing about her.

    • Lesley November 8, 2012 at 6:42 am #

      It was purely my pleasure, Mark! Work as beautiful as Jennifer’s is easy to write about.🙂

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  3. J Rankin November 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Very beautiful…………I love the colours and the feeling of mystery.

  4. Garret November 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Stunning the colors remind me of sun shining through the rain.

  5. Lesley November 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Love that observation!

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