Meet: West Coast Artists, Jennifer Brinley & Karl Johnson

Two more great artists featured at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop are California based artists: Jennifer Brinley and Karl Johnson. Both offer a modern touch to artistic techniques that have been used for centuries.

Jennifer Brinley

Jennifer received a degree in studio art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and furthered her education at the Rhode Island School of Design. A developed passion for design and architecture lead her to receive a graduate degree from UCLA. An advanced technique is seen in her art that is a direct result from her understanding of art at a structural level. Jennifer enjoys painting with bright, bold colors and has a broad range of themes she illustrates, including: flowers, fruit, veggies, seasonal, garden, animals of the land and sea, locations in Europe and various characters. Some designs are simple, others more complex; some are more realistic, while some retain a folk art feel. Jennifer and her husband, also an artist, live a happy life in Encinitas; a coastal community in southern California.

Much of Jennifer’s inspiration is drawn from her travels around the U.S. and Europe and also from a love for French textiles and Italian ceramics. Pictured above is our Floral Basket Hooked Rug. Here, Jennifer uses a classic Pennsylvania Dutch pattern in pretty pinks and black. We also see shades of a rich spruce green that make the flowers stand out; made of hooked acrylic. Another accent rug designed by Jennifer is our Provence Sunflowers Rug. It brings the brightness and warmth of autumn florals to your home with three golden blooms surrounded by the spicy colors of cinnamon, terra cotta, and cayenne; made of polypropylene and acrylic. This rug will make you fall in love with sunflowers, if you’re not already! Both rugs measure a versatile 22″H x 34″W and display a true passion for floral décor. These lovely accent rugs or doormats showcase Jennifer’s creative and fun style, that will coordinate well anywhere in your home in need of some sunshine.

Karl Johnson

Karl Johnson is a renown silhouette artist across America and has been practicing this art form since he was 10 years old; under the apprenticeship of his father. Creating silhouettes professionally, a silhouette is formed by free-hand cutting the outline of a subjects profile; using only scissors. Karl estimates he has done hundreds of thousands of silhouette cut outs over the years. He mostly will work with an individual live, but can also create his beautiful and unique art from a photo. Karl has crafted numerous silhouettes for celebrities including Oprah and Jennifer Lopez; just to name a couple. He lives with his wife Lauren and son Cooper, in southern California.

Pictured here to the left is our Cat & Grasshopper Doormat, which features a screen print image of a black cat. The image was originally created as one of Karl’s traditional silhouettes. This cat is very curious about the grasshopper quietly sitting on its tail, surrounded by all the beautiful butterflies. A rich blue braid follows the border around this oval patch rug and will be a welcomed addition to brighten the décor of any room in your home. 100% jute fiber makes this a stylish and eco-friendly choice.

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