Collector Spotlight
Jennifer Vranes
Top Landscape Artist
Every Week, I will spotlight a different Collector, and share their story behind why they commissioned their painting…and where it hangs in their home!
Will your story be next?
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Serendipity..... sometimes, it's just "Meant to Be!"
While in UT this past weekend, I planned a brief visit to stop by Park City to visit my Gallery (Lunds Fine Art) and to drop off a few new pieces. We had a wonderful visit with Liz (the Gallery Rep) who is amazing! 

She mentioned that collectors constantly come in asking about me, talking about my work, saying they have seen me in other parts of the country. They love looking at new works, hoping to add to their collections.

On this particular day, a local collector of mine had come by earlier in the day, to show some of my other paintings to his Sister. Liz was telling us about this, and she offered to give him a call to see if he was still in town. Maybe we could all meet up?
About 2 min later, I heard the front door open, and in walked a man I had never met before. The gallery rep got really excited; started jumping up and down in fact. “Paul! This is the Artist Jennifer Vranes!

He looked very surprised. (He hadn't heard the voicemail. He was around the corner when Liz had called, so he just swung by the gallery).

Then he too got excitedTurns out, this is the same Paul who commissioned a tall 9'6 original monochromatic painting for his rock fireplace last year. 
I remember that painting well. I had to use scaffolding to paint it. 

I added chunks of color to the knobs of the trees. It was so fun to paint.
Paul and his Sister Wendy invited my husband and I to dinner, and we had an incredible time getting to know one another over the best Sushi we’d ever had. How does Park City have such amazing sushi? 🍣
The truth is, there is always an incredible bond between me and the lovely people who collect my art

It’s indescribable! 

There’s always an instant connection
After dinner, we went to his house to see the painting. I was blown away. Even though I had created this huge painting, I hadn’t known where it had ended up! 

Seeing it living high up on a wall, in its perfect setting, was such a treat for me! 

The whole night had an air of serendipity. Had I been at the gallery even 5 min before I would have missed meeting Paul and Wendy. 

What a night! 
P.S. If you have a commission idea in mind, let me know! 
Visit commission.JensArt.com for more info.
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The Birth of "The 4 Seasons Collection"
This is a Collector Spotlight that I've been dying to share!!

Let me tell you a story....

The 4 Seasons concept started with an email from a soon-to-be collector, Jon Stowe...

He had bought a lake home a couple of years before, and had spent months remodeling it. There was a long wall in the formal dining room where 4 mirrors had previously hung, so it was divided up into 4 sections.

He thought it would be perfect to hang 4 pieces of art, each showing one of the seasons. It would make the divided wall look intentional, and bring it all together! 

Jon Googled "Aspen Tree Art" and guess who popped up?! 

He sent me an email, seeing if I had any prints available.

Now, I have always enjoyed painting the different seasons…. and I loved the concept! However, I didn’t have FOUR of the Seasons available in Giclée Prints...

I was just about to email him back the bad news, but right before I pressed SEND, I decided to take one last look through my Giclées...

(I have over 150 Giclées in my catalog, so it took more than a few minutes!)

I was delighted to discover that I had painted a certain scene THREE times, in each of the different seasons, with nearly the same exact tree formations. This landscape came from my own imagination, and by SHEER INSPIRATION had created it in a Spring, Summer and Fall! The only one missing was Winter. I couldn’t believe it!

I wrote Jon back, explaining that YES, I could give him the 4 seasons, but I would just have to paint an original of Winter first…(more on that later. That is a story in itself!)

He was thrilled!

Jon ordered the new 4 Seasons Giclées, and after hanging them in his formal dining room, he sent me some photos of the room with this note…

“Jen, attached is a photo of our lake home dining room with your magnificent paintings. They have added a real WOW factor to the room and everyone who has seen them is impressed with both the paintings and the story behind them. Thank you so much!” 
— Jon S.

His dining room turned out so cool! I was thrilled with how it worked out! And now, I have 4 Seasons that I can offer to YOU! 

What’s your favorite season??? Why choose, when you can have ALL FOUR!

XOXO

Jen 
P.S. If you would like to experience "The 4 Seasons Collection"
Visit 4seasons.JensArt.com for more info.
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Jen and Andrea - Morning Trail Aspen Painting
Here’s the story of how “Morning Trail” ended up in the Thurman Family’s piano room.
Blake and Andrea (and their 4 children) are all lovers of the outdoors. They are avid joggers, hikers, and enjoy being out in nature. There is a special spot near Jackson Hole that they love to visit as a family. Overlooking their cabin in Grover, Wyoming, is a beautiful mountain range known as Twin Peaks. 

Andrea has loved my art for many years. She taught piano lessons to my youngest every week and would see me working on paintings in my studio. She would usually visit for a few minutes after each lesson. 

And since she LOVES ART, she decided her family needed one of my paintings for their home. Andrea had just the spot in mind for it, above her baby grand piano.
She knew exactly what she wanted! She envisioned an aspen painting with vibrant spring flowers with the Twin Peaks mountains in the background. 

“Could you include the Twin Peaks in our painting?” she asked.

Sure! I told her. “No problem. That will be really cool.” (I love adding anything meaningful to my client’s paintings.)

She sent me several photos from their hikes, and I was blown away. Her photos were stunning! They were just begging to be painted! One even had a tiny trail peeking out of the flowers. Yes please!
“One more thing,” Andrea said. “Could you also add a “floating tree” to our painting?” 

I was confused.  She explained, 

“There’s this strange tree that has no trunk. It literally is “floating” in the air. It must have broken off in a storm years ago, but it’s just hanging there by it’s branches. It’s a landmark for us when we hike…and it would be super cool for the kids if you could add it to the painting.

“Of course!” I said immediately. A tree without a trunk would definitely be a first for me! But I couldn’t definitely add it to her painting.

(I can truly add anything my collectors want!)
The day I finished the painting, was the day their oldest daughter was getting married. A couple of hundred guests would soon be arriving at their home for the reception. 

We hurried over to hang the piece. Once “Morning Trail” was on the wall, we took a step back, and a whoosh of energy filled the room! Bam! It was like the room had been waiting for this very piece…and now it was complete. 

The family was thrilled.

But they couldn’t waste much time gawking at it because the wedding guests were starting to arrive….
It wasn’t until the next morning that I got this text from Andrea:

“Just a quick text to tell you how much I love walking past “Morning Trail” every time!”

That made my day! 

It truly is a pleasure painting for friends and collectors like you...

Artistically yours,

Jen
P.S. If you have a commission idea in mind, let me know! 
Visit commission.JensArt.com for more info.
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