Discover an artist with Daylight: Jenny Reeves Johnson
WYOMING ARTIST JENNY REEVES JOHNSON CREDITS HER HOMETOWN OF LANDER FOR INSPIRING HER WORK
LANDER, WYOMING – Jenny Reeves Johnson credits her beautiful hometown of Lander, nestled in the Wind River Mountains, as the muse that enables her to tell stories through her art. Now, her story (add link when posted) is being told on the website of The Daylight™ Company, a world leader in the manufacture of specialty lamps, including lighting for artists.
Jenny, who also teaches at the Lander Art Center, has been drawing since she was a child, but she started taking her talent seriously when, in her early teens, her mother enrolled her in a summer art course at a local junior college. “Important people in your early life taking your talent/passion seriously help define you as an adult,” she says. “That’s probably a huge reason why I love to teach.”
Since then she has built a strong background in functional and sculptural ceramics that is balanced by her love of painting and drawing. “I am inspired by many themes, mostly involving human figures that will tell their stories for thousands of years, I love that idea,” says Jenny.
“I usually have strong emotions and/or experiences behind my ideas. When someone seeing one of my paintings or sculptures gets involved in the story I feel I have succeeded,” she said, adding, “When they buy it for themselves to enjoy, I am deeply honored.”
Jenny says her ability to create new works got a boost last year when she was one of three artists to win a Studio Makeover Contest run by Art Professional Magazine (formerly Art Calendar). One of Jenny’s prizes was a Daylight Easel Lamp (U31075), which she promptly put to use in her studio space on the second floor of a charming historic building in Lander. Abundant light has always been a factor of her working space. She prefers a strong natural light on her work and notes that as she gets older she needs it more. She appreciates her Daylight Easel Lamp for its versatility. She sometimes clamps it above her easel, where it is useful both for easel work and projects happening near her easel. She also clamps it to her flat table space to give direct natural type light to her watercolor work.
She says that the flexibility and security of the lamp seems equally important to her while working on ceramic pieces where the detail work requires a huge amount of carefully placed light, and she has also used the lamp with live models.
She says “my small town is remarkably supportive of its art community.” In addition to courses at Lander Art Center Jenny also teaches workshops in a neighboring town for the local college extension classes and at a rural community high school. Check out www.siskiyouartscouncil.org/mural.htm to see a cereamic mural that Jenny orchestrated and accompanying photo gallery. To learn more about Jenny Reeves Johnson visit her Facebook page.