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  • Writer's pictureLynne Kornecki

Sunrise, Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset...Swiftly Flows the Paint onto a Mother Nature Lover’s Richly Hued Canvas

Updated: Feb 26

"Fire Island" 20" x 24" acrylic on canvas by Jaynanne Ridder; Scroll down to see more art...

Riveting, color-soaked skies dripping with sensual, sensational color are the hallmark of Jaynanne Ridder’s memorable work. Whether she’s eyeing the skies or casting about for other ready sources of Mother Nature's perfect palettes, this Lake Barrington, IL acrylic artist has “nailed it” when it comes to reproducing color display.  


“Capturing nature’s beauty is what I love to paint,” Jaynanne says. “I see the blending of striking colors, with beautiful light shining through. Artists feel strongly that we have been given the gift of translating what we see and feel to our canvases. Painting makes me happy, and that joy is reflected in my artwork. My retirement hobby has turned into my lifelong passion!”


Jaynanne grew up in a small farming community on the southern tip of the Sandhills in central Nebraska. There she developed a great love of skies, sunsets, rugged terrain, snow on tree branches in the winter, the joy of gardening and helping on her family farm.


In addition to developing a strong appreciation for nature, she also grew up loving music. In college, she majored in voice and theater. Twenty years ago, she was introduced to drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago in their Member Sketch Classes. She continues studying drawing and acrylic painting locally.


Over the years she has participated in several art exhibitions in Barrington, Lake Zurich, and Highland Park to name a few. Currently she is a member of the Affiliate Artists Group at Blue Moon Gallery in Grayslake, IL which celebrates its five-year anniversary this year.


“There is magic in creating art,” she says. “I gave up years ago trying to be something I’m not. I just paint what I see and feel about my subjects which appear beautiful and worthy of painting…I never feel like I’m in competition with other artists. We all enjoy our own unique styles and techniques.”


Her advice is not to compete with others or try to produce art specifically to sell or for acceptance into a show.

Instead, she suggests, “Stick with what you love to do, and it will eventually work out.”

And, it certainly has for Jaynanne. Drawing from her lifelong appreciation of both music and nature, this artist masterfully creates a color symphony with each piece she paints.


For more information:

Instagram:  @ridder185b 

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"Three Cactuses #4" 20" x 16" acrylic on canvas

"Twilight in Shangri-La" 24" x 20" acrylic on canvas

"Subtle" 12" x 12" acrylic on canvas

"Storm a Comin’ III" 20" x 20" acrylic on canvas

The artist, Jaynanne Ridder




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