Painting Moments: Jenny Prinn Talks Art and the Layers of a Beautiful Life

You'll love these bold pieces and wise words.

Art by Jenny Prinn

Livingly's Inspiring Artist series asks talented women of all creative mediums to share their work and how they live life beautifully.

Inspiring Artist: Ana Zaja Petrak

Jenny Prinn

It's not often you come across an artist whose work is as varied, as bold, and as free as Jenny Prinn's. Her paintings emote with color, ranging from tranquil blues to energizing oranges and everything in between. When you cruise through her collections, it's impossible not to find a piece that will fit perfectly on your wall.

Last week, Jenny thoughtfully answered some questions I had about her art and her world. Trust me when I tell you, her definition of a beautiful life is a must-read.

To Plan by Jenny Prinn
To Plan by Jenny Prinn

How would you describe your art?

My work tends to bold, honest, vibrant, and often—but not always—colorful with simplified compositions.

Do you have a favorite painting? What makes it special to you?

Ooooh, this is always such a hard question! It's like trying to choose your favorite child—you love them all equally, but in different ways! Can I be a total pest and choose a few that I'm currently loving? They would be: To Plan, Links, Reflected Harbor, and Indigo No.2

I am drawn to To Plan for its Milton Avery inspired palette and its composition. I love that the odd juxtaposition of colors combined with the composition creates an energy that sings. And I love the tension in the piece. I am currently crushing on Links—it's so bold and simple and confident. It's everything I want to be! Reflected Harbor is a piece that I'm considering keeping. I adore its electric nature, the use of line, its playfulness, and that it's the harbor in my hometown! And finally, I love the moody quality in Indigo No.2. It's very modern even though it was inspired by ancient Asian woodblock art. It would look amazing in any room.

Reflected Harbor and Indigo No. 2 by Jenny Prinn
Reflected Harbor and Indigo No. 2 by Jenny Prinn
Pushing Indigo by Jenny Prinn
Pushing Indigo by Jenny Prinn

Each painting is so unique, where do you find your inspiration?

Literally, everywhere. My work documents the small, transient moments in life that create a momentary spark and then are gone—those moments that you want to hold onto forever. I use composition, shapes and line to articulate these sensations but I find that color, in particular, is the vehicle by which I can relay the essence and electricity of these moments most genuinely.


Who is your favorite artist?

Another difficult question! I love so many—but Milton Avery and Robert Motherwell are at the top of the list.


What's the best piece of advice you've received?

For the work to be honest.

My work documents the small, transient moments in life that create a momentary spark and then are gone—those moments that you want to hold onto forever.

–Jenny Prinn

Painting by Jenny Prinn
Painting by Jenny Prinn

Where are you the happiest?

Other than in my studio, it would be with my husband and sons.


What's the scariest thing you've done?

To put myself and my work "out there" as an artist. To be completely exposed and vulnerable. And then to see if people responded.


What are you most proud of?

Other than being a mom, it would be putting myself and my work "out there" and making that first giant step.

What does living beautifully mean to you?

Living beautifully has many layers to me. It's like an onion. The outer layers are thin and slightly transparent, like aesthetic beauty: beautiful objects, beautiful clothes, beautiful spaces. But the inner layers are thicker, and stronger and include the core, such as genuineness, humor, patience, kindness, confidence, and love.  

As an artist, I love beautiful things—and I love to surround myself with those beautiful things. I like the spaces around me to be carefully considered and artfully executed. I love beautiful clothes, jewelry, furniture, and of course, art. And I revere the artists, designers, and artisans that create these beautiful objects.  

But most of all, to truly live beautifully I feel the need to surround myself with people and situations that strengthen my inner layers and core and help create beauty within me and around me. I love to surround myself with people who are comfortable with themselves and who encourage and foster genuineness, humor, patience, kindness, confidence, and love.

Art by Jenny Prinn
Art by Jenny Prinn

Shop Jenny's work here.

Comments