Every artist is special.
But Lena Ivy is extra-special. Her paintings are new and surprising, every time you see them.
What makes them so dynamic?
Partly, it's her treatment of light. Like the Dutch, Lena is able to illuminate her works from within.
They radiate, glow, providing their own energy.
For this reason they do better in natural light. A true delight is seeing the sun dancing on the surfaces, especially in the morning.
Another strength is color. She has at least two suites of paintings inspired by Lake Tahoe and Santa Barbara, California, which boast the most beautiful blues. Literally, your eyes swim in them.
But I think I'm drawn most to her abstracts. Again, colors are stark, vivid, and vibrant, but she does a lot with form and space and texture, as well.
I have mixed emotions about telling you all of these nice things, because I'd like to buy every piece she produces!
But that's selfish, isn't it?
If you're lucky enough to acquire one of her pieces, soon you'll want two, and then you'll feel as I do -- that you want to be surrounded be her beauty, nearly everywhere you look.
It's a happy passion.
I think it was Plato who said the one good thing that you simply can't get too much of is knowledge.
Lena's beauty is another.
-- Dr. Gary S. Goodman