An artist I met recently regaled me with tales of how she painted with “glow in the dark” paint. While I can certainly understand the desire for work that glows, I prefer to see the luminosity achieved instead by the deft use of color, layering, and a way of revealing light in a more natural, less neon-sign kind of way. Case in point, the work of Atlanta artist Jennifer JL Jones glows gracefully, as if lit from within.
Taking her cues from nature, Jones builds layer upon layer of material, creating a canvas as ever changing as the scenes they reflect. As the seasons change, different aspects of the landscape advance and recede. So too, in Jones’ work, as we gaze upon it the elements in each work seem to float and fluctuate in a delicate dance.
These paintings have an ethereal mystery to them, like a wooded lake shrouded in mist or standing behind the veil of a waterfall. What we see isn’t quite clear, but we know there is beauty.
To see more of Jennifer JL Jones’ work, please visit her website. If you’re in the Atlanta area, don’t miss her show Wet Ink with fellow artists Courtney J. Garrett and Kathryn Jacobi at Alan Avery Art Company. I’m looking forward to seeing what new work Jennifer has at Stellers Gallery when I go home to Florida in a few days!