By Jhenna Quinn Lewis
11 x 14 inches
Oil on linen panel
Available through Meyer Gallery
The birds painted by Jhenna Quinn Lewis inhabit different worlds within each of her oil paintings. In each piece that’s part of her upcoming one-woman show, “Avian Realms,” opening at Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, on December 17, she singles out a bird who rests amid a still life setting, creating a momentary pause in their individual stories.
This painting, “Within Silence,” features a Golden-crowned Sparrow with an all-knowing look and a Chinese altar from Lewis’ collection of antique shelves. Intriguing light flows into cool shadow as one’s eye moves down the piece.
“It imparts a meditative atmosphere and signifies the benefits of silence, hence the jewel,” says Lewis. “The jewel is what you get from inner reflection. You gain insight. It offers a different perspective on life and who you are, offers you the chance to truly live in the moment, which is invaluable.”
Lewis is known for her meditative compositions and detailed realism, which blend a sense of light like the old masters with the tenets of Japanese wabi sabi.
“My art invites the viewer to slow down. To be patient and look. Notice the beauty in imperfection. To appreciate our connection to the natural world. And sense what resounds within themselves.”
Lewis is represented by galleries across the United States, including Meyer Gallery; Trailside Galleries in Jackson, WY; InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX; and Hanson Howard Gallery in Ashland, Oregon. She has been included in many museum exhibitions and collections, such as Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s Birds in Art show, the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions show, and several Society of Animal Artist exhibitions in museums across the country. She was an artist in residence at the Lassen Volcanic National Park in 2017 and has been featured in publications and media such as Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, Southwest Art Magazine, Western Art & Architecture, and Oregon Art Beat. One of her paintings was recently used as a cover illustration of Die Zeit newspaper in Germany with a circulation of almost 600,000.
You can learn more about Jhenna Quinn Lewis on her website: jhennaquinnlewis.com.
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View the pieces from her Meyer Gallery show “Avian Realms” here: https://www.meyergalleries.com/show/meyer-gallery-jhenna-quinn-lewis