May 22, 2013

Sea creatures, dragons in local artist's work

The Oskaloosa Herald


His work is a colorful experience evoking many positive influences.

Jeremy Jannenga, of Oskaloosa, has had his art on display at the Foyer Gallery at Wilcox Library on the William Penn University campus. A reception was held at the gallery by the Fine Arts and Cultural Events Organization in recognition of Jannenga's work this past Thursday evening.

Some of Jannenga's work includes a decidedly eastern influence with dragons and a bit of calligraphy. Jannenga noted that these elements in his work can be traced back to his study of martial arts.

Some of Jannenga's pieces are more abstract. He credited his 4-year-old daughter with pointing out that one of these abstract pieces reminded her of rain.

Jannenga said he's been creating art since he was in grade school. His father, John, provided Jannenga with a bit of inherited influence, he said.

“My dad has always been an artist, too,” said Jannenga.

The influence of the ocean and tropical climates can also be seen in Jannenga's work. Several of his paintings on display at the Foyer Gallery feature elements like surf boards, tropical flowers and sea creatures such as squids and sea horses.

One thing that's apparent in all of the work Jannenga has had on display at Wilcox Library is a feeling of positivity. Jannenga said he likes to use color, particularly complimentary colors like blues and oranges in his paintings.


Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.