Laura Tryon Jennings, recent inductee to Newbury Street’s Copley Society of Art in Boston, is an award-winning New England artist with a resume that boasts nationwide exhibitions and prominent collectors including, best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark, Grammy award winning singer Bruce Hornsby, News reporter Joan Lunden, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Harvard University. An artist who can ingeniously play with light and darkness to reveal emotions, her paintings have been described as “psychologically interesting,” as well as “triumphantly intimate and extraordinary.” Whether through interior, landscape, figurative, or still life portraits, Jennings’ whimsical yet serious work combines modern and traditional approaches, with a personal twist, rendering simple and quiet images that belie lives and moments that are never quite still.
Jennings also brings her accomplished talents as an artist to many children, teens, and adults as a facilitator and Artist in Residence including teaching workshops for Cranberry Hospice in Plymouth MA and several programs at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA. Jennings has an innate way of relating with her students through her enthusiasm, compassion, and passion for coaxing out the emotional and creative energy from within. Her “at risk” students have many challenges to overcome such as abuse, drugs, alcohol, murder, parents in jail, and young deaths. Many of her students come to class with a range of issues they are dealing with including anger, loss, and self-confidence. The bereavement classes she teaches through the hospice program present similar scenarios of loss and the associated emotions that result from often tragic and sometimes sudden circumstances. Jennings remarks, “The aspect I love best in teaching is helping, making a difference in people’s lives, providing encouragement to their creative and healing process, and observing all of the little nuances which unfold in front of me.”