Locals have been buzzing about Janie Pinney and her artwork for the last several years as she has become more prolific and the subject matter of her colorful artwork has evolved.
First making her name throughout RVA as a faux painter, then an animal portraitist, she transitioned to soft florals and landscapes and now enjoys the freedom of creating more abstract works.
Recently Palette, where these first three photos were captured, showcased her works.
Alison and I are both fortunate to volunteer in different organizations with Janie and connect through several mutual friends. We were delighted that Janie agreed to an Artist in Residence profile to share her gracious style, as well as her in-home studio where she creates these coveted works. During our visit we learned more about her professional growth, as well as her family that includes her husband, three talented daughters, two fun-loving dogs and two beautiful cats.
Visitors to Janie’s home in RVA’s Westhampton area are captivated by the colors that pop in the traditional setting. Sunflowers in her teal blue vase in the foyer set the tone for the rest of the color-filled home.
In the living room a Janie original hangs over the mantel where we also spied one of Dana Gibson’s ceramic vases.
The living room gallery wall displays paintings by some of Janie’s favorite artists.
Janie transformed a Home Goods find into a chic mirrored focal point between the two sculptural lamps.
A large Becky Davis botanical graces the dining room, whose walls have been painted in Hardwick White by Farrow & Ball.
From the dining room we catch a glimpse of the vividly-painted den.
Janie’s large 4′ x 6′ painting, entitled My Three, anchors the room. Walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Teal Ocean balance the neutral furnishings. The bold color move recommended by designer Janie Molster continues to make Janie Pinney happy.
Kodi, whose exquisite turquoise eyes seem a reflection of the room, curls up on sofa to pose for the photo shoot.
Janie titled the painting My Three because each of her daughters artistically signed the painting with their initials, W, C and C. Can you find them? As Janie pointed to the initials, she told us she wasn’t finished with the painting. Something told her to put it back on the easel, and now you see Version 2 below.
Janie says she might add to it once a year as an annual tribute to her daughters and her journey as a mother.
On the opposite side of the den, a gallery wall hangs above a sofa featuring a knock-out pillow from Janie Molster.
Hanging in the informal gathering room on the back of the house is Janie’s large painting of a lush pond. It’s her interpretation of the setting from a photo taken in the mountains of Virginia by another local artist, Carrington Brown.
Sunlight bathes the kitchen and breakfast room addition, whose walls are clad in exquisite Venetian plaster.
We moved this delicious work from the kitchen to the porch for a better look. Daughter Carson, now 18, painted this when she was only 10. The apple, or orange in this case, doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Playful Max poses with Janie’s portrait of him. Good dog Max!
A converted screen porch serves as Janie’s studio. The light-filled space is an artist’s dream.
Accompanied by an ever-changing soundtrack, Janie paints every day, usually in the afternoons, after finishing errands and chores in the morning.
How gorgeous are the colors of her palette?
Even Janie’s tools of the trade make a lovely still-life.
While adding a little more color to her work, Janie described how she began painting as a child, majored in Arts Management and finally returned to painting as a career when her girls became more self-sufficient.
She enjoys experimenting with a variety of materials like the Yupo paper above. Janie says its water-resistance
allows for a lot of maneuverability of water-based paints. It’s also tear-resistant and very durable, a nice alternative to fragile papers.
Janie keeps her skills sharp with a variety of activities, such as gestural drawings like the ones shown in the top and bottom sketches above. (The middle nude was drawn by daughter Caroline, 23, who earned a BFA in painting and printmaking from University of Alabama.)
Taking a variety of workshops from different genre painters provides an immense source of her inspiration and skill-sharpening. Janie credits Jane Joyner, a renowned teacher within the Richmond art community, and contemporary artist David Kessler from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for influencing her artistic journey. Attending workshops at Nimrod Hall, an artists’ retreat, and the Visual Arts Center allow Janie to experiment with new mediums, techniques and skills that she can apply to her works back in her home studio.
Filled with light, love and art, Janie’s home provides an ideal backdrop for the creation of her enchanting paintings. We loved taking the tour and hope that you did, too. To learn more about Janie and find out how to purchase her art, go to her website, Artbyjaniepinney.com. If you missed Janie’s works at Palette, stop by her show at Shore Dog in the later part of April.
Thanks so much for sharing your home and inspiration, Janie!
February 7, 2017