Jenny Lynn Hall is specialized in texture driven, abstract painting, realized in both plaster and oils. She challenges the idea that there need be a division between the decorative and fine arts by making large-scale pieces that create an environment. Concepts are worked through in smaller scale work. The ten years that she spent in Italy gave her a reverence for art, architecture and design as a means of improving the quality of daily life. In her opinion this is one of the most powerful and important uses of creativity.
While living in Italy, she developed a painting technique that combines painting, drawing, and lime plaster. This allows her to take advantage of the structural integrity and richness of ancient building materials while developing a personal vocabulary. Derived from a flooring material, her custom plaster paintings are suitable for interior and exterior installation, floors and showers. For the past 5 years, she has been inspired by the transcendental quality found in nature and its capacity to provoke feelings of both profound solemnity and an unpredictable strength. Multiple layers of plaster and paint invoke the passing of time, energy dispersed, created and renewed. Her main influences are Anselm Kiefer and Antoni Tapies, for their use of different texture and text, Mark Rothko, for the incredible worlds he creates, and John Cage, for his experimentation with chance. Zen Buddhist philosophy is central to her work.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Jenny Lynn studied Painting and Graphic Design at California College of Arts (and Crafts) then worked as an Oriental rug restorer at the Claremont Rug Company in Oakland. Before co-founding HL Studio, a plaster design company in Torino, Italy, Jenny Lynn studied mosaic and painting at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Ravenna, Italy and later Painting and Scenic Design at the Accademia Albertina delle Belle Arti in Torino. Additionally, she worked in stock options on the Pacific Exchange in San Francisco, as a finance manager for Lexia Study Abroad, and as a translator (Italian into English).
Jenny Lynn is a collective member of Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station, CA, an active volunteer at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts as part of their Visual Arts Team, Sebastopol CA. She is on the board of the Stone Creek Zen Center in Graton, CA.