Arts + Crafts

Meeting Artists Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

October 7, 2011

I’m about to wrap up my week but first, I’ve been dying to share a visit that I had with Jennifer Davis and Amy Rice with you! When I was in Minnesota last month and I simply had to visit the opening night party for Jennifer and Amy’s art exhibit because hello, I had too… I mean, I have about 7 of Jennifer’s paintings (I’m a massive fan) and so when I heard she’d be showing her work the same week that I was going to be in St. Paul for my book tour, I made it an absolute priority to meet her. After five years of following her work, it was due time to meet the lady who has so much of her work in my home!

Meeting Artists Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

From her color palettes (love her shots of black and neon pink!) to her quirky characters who display a range of emotions from melancholy to fear, timidness to hopeful, I find her work touching, engaging, meaningful and altogether mesmerizing. Amy Rice is another amazing talent, also based in MN, so to have a chance to meet them both in one evening was a total moment for me. Here they are, such a lovely duo.

Meeting Artists Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

Amy Rice (L) and Jennifer Davis (R)

Meeting Artists Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

Meeting Artists Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

Meeting Artists Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

Meeting Artists Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

Meeting Artists Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

Meeting Artists Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

Meeting Artists Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

Meeting Artists Jennifer Davis + Amy Rice

I was in la la land surrounded by these gorgeous paintings. There were many more that I didn’t have time to photograph, but at least you can see a few of my personal favorite groupings. I’m more motivated than ever to purchase another piece for my collection so I may contact Jennifer to see what’s available from the show. I wanted so badly to buy something in person but I was in a rush to my book signing cocktail party at The Creative Connection so I was in and out in a flash. I wish I had spent more time chatting with lovely Jennifer and Amy – I really do.

And in case you wonder… Amy and Jennifer were both even nicer than I imagined. Jennifer made me feel so welcome, she’s very warm and sweet, and now that I met her the work on my walls means so much more to me. I often wondered if I met her if I’d feel the same, better or worse? Do you know what I mean? Sometimes we have this perception of what someone is like that we’ve only met online and then you meet them and it’s slightly different. To own a lot of someone’s original paintings is nothing you do everyday, you really have to love and connect with the work, and I have formed quite a bond with all of Jennifer’s pieces that make me smile whenever I pass by them. That’s why it felt a bit scary to meet her in person – had she been completely different, rude even (hey, it happens!), I would never look at the work the same and I’d have to live with those paintings, and that sour memory, for years. Meeting Jennifer made me HAPPY. I want to buy more of her paintings now that I have connected with her warmth, graciousness, kindness and sincerity. The paintings in my home are suddenly very much alive and more meaningful than ever because Jennifer has a heart of gold.

Jennifer, I know I’ve made you blush but really, from my heart — thank you for being so awesome!!!

Perhaps we shall meet again… I’d love to curate an art show and invite these two very special ladies to be part of it, so perhaps someday very soon.

(images: holly becker)






18 Comments

  • Reply Samantha October 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I have long admired the art of Amy Rice, since discovering her on flickr years ago. Jennifer’s a more recent discovery, thanks to you! So glad your meeting with them was uplifting + positive. :)

  • Reply Rebecca October 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    These are so interesting and beautiful, I love the very first painting and the little ones that are on shaped canvas. x

  • Reply Jennifer Davis October 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Holly, Yes! I’m blushing. Thank you so much for this post. You know the feeling is mutual. We were honored by your visit. Love the pics! xoxo-j

  • Reply Emma October 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Absolutely LOVE the first print and the one with the doves, these are so cute, love the pastel shades and delicate detail. I’m a big fan!

  • Reply desiree - vosgesparis October 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    awww really happy for you… I was just thinking how it would be to meet someone I admire when I saw your post coming up at twitter where I had been waiting for ;)
    Bonne weekend and see you soon againxxx

  • Reply michelle allen October 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    LOVE jennifer’s art!!! :)

  • Reply tracie October 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    congrats on getting to meet them!~ really great artists!

  • Reply Wind and Willow Home October 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I have interviewed both for the Twin Cities Design Collective and they are so wonderful! I agree, I LOVE their work even more now that I have met them.

  • Reply Penelope@thirdroomstudio October 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I’ve been a fan of Jennifer Davis for years (I think I discovered her via Decor8!). I love having a piece of her work in our home, it makes me happy every time I see it. How exciting to meet her!

  • Reply Laura Gaskill October 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Oh my, how GORGEOUS! I love Jennifer Davis too…of course I was introduced to her work right here on decor8 years ago, so thank you for that, ha ha! :) It would be so lovely to see her work in person though – I’ve only drooled from afar. Your photos are making me feel as if I were a part of it though! xo Laura

  • Reply Laura October 8, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Yay! I love Jennifer Davis and as a Minneapolitan have been watching her for a while now. Was lucky enough to pick up one of her pieces early, early on and am delighted that she’s had such success. also i was an art student at the u of m at the time, and I can’t tell you what an inspiration it was to see another gal out there, painting, and being successful despite using somewhat “feminine” imagery and elements/colors, etc. it felt like such a boys club to me, so i really appreciate her for that, for making me feel like i could be myself and i didn’t have to “toughen up” my style to be taken seriously. anyway, i digress…. :)
    yay for the home team!

  • Reply TN October 8, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Her stuff is so delicate and pretty…I want one!

    beautiful

    TN

  • Reply Maria October 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Fantastic paintings, I must find out if I can buy one!!!

  • Reply able mabel October 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Gorgeous!! I love their style!

  • Reply Jayne October 9, 2011 at 3:06 am

    I will read your blog ’til the day I die.
    Unless you start truncating your posts.
    That is when I will stop.
    Just want to say I really, really appreciate that I can read an entire post from beginning to end, and you let me stay on the same page. It makes for a much more enjoyable experience. It really does make a difference.
    Thank You.
    Thank You.
    Thank You.

  • Reply amy rice October 10, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Thank you Holly! It was so fun to meet you!

  • Reply Pippa Jameson October 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I LOVE Jennifer Davis. I have come across her work before and it’s simply stunning. xx

  • Reply Sigrid October 12, 2011 at 4:42 am

    whoot whoot! go MN gals! Amy Rice has been a favorite of mine since I moved here.

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