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Life & Work with Jenny Gano

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenny Gano.

Hi Jenny, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Like many people in the LA area, I haven’t always lived here. There have been places before here and after here. Now I’ve arrived back again from a meandering loop through places like Minnesota, Wuhan and Modesto. Life takes strange paths that we don’t know we’ll be traveling before we begin.

When I was a young girl, you could say I had a hoped for destination; not a physical one but a career aspiration. I always wanted to be an artist. It was always unwaveringly what I wanted to do. As a child, these aspirations were pure and single-minded. I was fortunate that my parents allowed me to apply for art school because I think many parents would dissuade their children from pursuing art. I got to attend an art college and happily painted there for four years.

After graduation, I wasn’t sure how to navigate the artistic road. After graduation, I wasn’t sure how to navigate the artistic road. I thought I should know about art because of the education I was getting but there was a lot I didn’t know how to do. The dream of being an artist has led through a complicated maze of jobs. Eventually, I figured out that the process of working on and improving art does not end with college.

I never stopped painting but I started on the road of learning about art again in 2018. I’ve been working on things such as composition, color and values in oil paint. I have an aspiration to paint sublimely beautiful paintings with a warm yellow glow that draws you in. I’m currently working on a series of paintings called “God’s Sunset”. It started with oil sketches on business cards. The sketches show the sunset sky each day from January 2 to February 1 of this year. There were some really amazing sunsets I saw. It’s amazing the beauty that’s given to us when we look. The next step is going to be to create larger sized paintings of the sunsets. You can see my current painting journey on Instagram @jennygano or on Facebook: Gano Studio.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There have been challenges to getting to the point I am at now. I often feel like it shouldn’t take me so long to learn some things. Often, I don’t realize what it is that I’m missing. For example, I once lived among Koreans who mainly spoke Korean and it took me six months to realize I wasn’t going to pick up what they were saying just by listening. Artistically speaking, it took many years before I realized I didn’t have a clue about what composition was.

Also, there have been things I tried that haven’t worked very well at all. I’ve stumbled all over online sales and craft fairs. That’s not to say “oh, poor me”. I actually feel very fortunate despite these challenges. Part of the reason I feel fortunate and hopeful is that I think these challenges have been a necessary part of moving forward. There are things we can learn in challenges.

There is something that was said to me and about me in 2013 that I hold on to. “You are climbing a tree. You get sap on your hands. You are annoyed with the sap. You get to the top of the tree and realize that the pine sap smells sweet and that it has helped you to climb.”

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I create oil paintings, mainly of landscapes. I would say my painting style is impressionistic because I love a good well-placed brush stroke. There’s something about a thick juicy diagonal line or a thin twirling wisp that delights my eyes. Recently, I’ve been looking a lot at the work of Claude Monet. He has wonderful color combinations in his paintings. He has a fantastic way of making colors jump off the surface by the way he places them next to each other. I’m trying to learn more about how to use the impressionist color sense in my own paintings.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I’ve been teaching art classes since about 2004. I’m going to be offering a plein air workshop in landscape painting on Saturday, July 19th. If you’re a beginner or intermediate painter, you can come join me to paint outdoors. If you’ve been feeling cooped up at home it can be nice to get out in the air and sunshine. I’ll demonstrate and give some tips for how to paint the landscape. I’ll give personalized tips as you are painting. One of my favorite things to do when teaching people is to give one-on-one help as you’re working.

To find out more about the upcoming workshop, art shows or other news of what I’m working on you can sign up for the Gano Studio newsletter. To sign up, go to: https://ganostudio.com/.

You can also find out what I’m working on at the moment through Instagram @jennygano or Facebook: Gano Studio. I post paintings that I am currently working on and share thoughts about the painting process. I enjoy dialoguing with people on social media so come on over and say hi.

Pricing:

  • 4″ x 6″ Landscape Painting – 50$
  • 6″ x 8″ Landscape Painting – 90$
  • 9″ x 12″Landscape Painting – 200$
  • 8″ x 10″ Custom Pet Portrait – 120$

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