Abstract Art

About P'anne . . .

Phyllis (phyllis anne or p'anne), emanates from a creative family in the midwest. After studying fine art in college, she traveled solo around the United States in a Volkswagen convertible, studying art, drama & psychology in 3 universities. She earned a master's degree in counseling from Santa Clara University in California.

After living on both coasts, she left the art world & raised 2 children. Following licensing, she become a marriage & family counselor. Then, while traveling the world teaching, attending conferences & presenting, she would peel away to visit art museums, galleries and artist studios. In 2004, she rented her own art studio. Now, a full time artist & therapist, she works & shows art in the Bay Area & throughout the US. Her evolving style, influenced by life story & nature, is primarily abstract & abstract expressionist. 

Phyllis Anne Jenkins
contemporary landscape
 

Artist Statement

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t making art. My fondest memories are of drawing & painting with my hearing impaired artist grandmother. Growing up, I loved movies & theater. Studying drama & art in college, I identified with the behind-the-scenes action & grunge of theater. I am still moved by the story & drama of people’s lives, the narrative & the felt etching of memory. My work envelops the good, the bad & the ugly of the unfolding mysteries of the lived in world. Life experience connects to a collective unconscious that guides my hand & heart in what flows onto the canvas through a miracle of dreamlike directives. My life has been the flipping back & forth between utter chaos & deep, restful, spiritual peace, the polarity of which is evident in my artwork.

The visual narrative of my work, winds its way in, surprising me & the viewer. During the creative process, as I let go, I enter a trance-like state when my best work emerges. It’s a triumph when the painting seems to paint itself revealing an unconscious mystery, then deeper secrets emanating from the unconscious in me & transformed in the reflected experience of the viewer.

I often begin with a fleeting image, an idea or remnants of a dream. Releasing ego, perfectionism & fear of exposure, I enter the arena. The process feels mysterious, vulnerable, & even sacred. In the arena, the work begins. Life unfolding, a contrast of chaos & order,  weaves itself into the heart of my work. At best, the resulting images act as a Rorschach creating internal conversations between viewer & image, igniting the viewer’s unconscious, revealing whatever dormant mysteries lie waiting to be awakened. I like the quotation:

 "While creating, artists are literally out of their minds'

figurative painting
 

Exhibitions & Galleries

Exhibitions

2021

"Ocean", Long Beach Creative Group (LBCG), Long Beach, CA

"Art in the Time of Corona", A Global Art Project, Dab Art Co., Los Angeles, CA

"October National Art Show", The Jones Gallery, Kansas City,  MO

Open Studios: Fall 2021, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

Statewide 2D Art Competition, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA

"The Sky's The Limit", Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

"June National Group Art Show", The Jones Gallery, Kansas City, MO

"A Thousand Words", CORE New Art Space, Lakewood, CO

"Tribute: National: Homage to People, Places & Things", d'art Center, Norfolk, VA

Open Studios: Spring 2021, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

"April National Group Art Show", The Jones Gallery, Kansas City, MO

"Member Art Show", O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

"A Moment of Reflection", O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

2020

"April National Group Art Show", The Jones Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2019

"Shemchuck Group Show", Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

"Awakening The Spirit", Town Books, San Anselmo, CA

"Silicon Valley Open Studios", The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

“Holiday Boutique”, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

“Fall Show: Benefit for Sacred Hearts”, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

2018

"Art of the Spirit“, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

"Artist of the Month", Simply Smashing, Campbell, CA

"Silicon Valley Open Studios", The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

“Holiday Boutique”, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

“Fall Show: Benefit for Sacred Hearts”, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

2017

"Bay Area Women Artists", O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

“Sign of the Times“, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

"Holiday Boutique",The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

"Silicon Valley Open Studios", The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

"Affordable Art Fair", JCOS Art Haus, Los Gatos, CA

2016

“Dreamscapes“, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

“Spaces Exhibition”, SpacesWorks, Menlo Park, CA

“Holiday Boutique”, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

“Spaces Exhibition”, SpaceWorks, Menlo Park, CA

“Fall Show: Benefit for Sacred Hearts”, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

Silicon Valley Open Studios”,  The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

“Black,White & Shades of Gray“, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

2015

“Sight & Insight”, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

“Holiday Boutique”, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

“Fall Show: Benefit for Sacred Hearts”, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

“Blue Umbrella Collaborative”, Cabrillo Festival, Santa Cruz, CA

“Silicon Valley Open Studios”,  The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

“Annual Member Show", O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

2014

"Red", O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

“Penny Arcade”, HIVE Artspace, York, PA

“Blue Umbrella Collaborative”, Cabrillo Festival, Santa Cruz, CA

“Holiday Boutique”, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

“Fall Show: Benefit for Sacred Hearts”, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

“Illustrated”, HIVE Artspace, York, PA

“Silicon Valley Open Studios”,  The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

“SVOS Special”, Los Altos Main Street Café and Book Shop, Los Altos, CA

“The Circus! Show”, Canvas Ghost Gallery, San Jose, CA

Featured Artist: “Love Actually”, Gallery of Dreams, Campbell, CA

“SweetheART Exhibit”, The Alameda Art Works, San Jose, CA

“Art & Healing”, Lafayette Park Hotel, NCGPS Annual Dinner, Lafayette, CA

“Watercolor: Outside the Lines”, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

2013

“Teeny Tiny Show”, Starkweather Arts, Romeo, MI

“Holiday Boutique”, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

“Fall Show: Benefit for Sacred Hearts”, The Alameda ArtWorks, San Jose, CA

2009 - 2012

Featured Artist: “Black Rhapsody” Asian Fusion Restaurant, Mountain View, CA

Resident Artist: Gallery of Dreams, Campbell, CA

 

Galleries

2016-2017

Gallery 24

24 North Santa Cruz Avenue

Los Gatos, California 95030

2009-2013

Gallery of Dreams

300 Campbell Avenue

Campbell, California 95008