Jennifer Krantz always loved painting.
Her career in art started with a weekly oil painting class she attended at the age of 7.
As the years passed, she continued to paint. She attended Rock Valley College and received an associate of arts degree.
From there, Krantz moved on to Northern Illinois University to obtain her bachelor of fine arts degree, which she will receive in December, and has plans to begin applying for graduate school.
I took the time and school to find how I wanted to paint and what my style is, she said. I like to experiment a lot.
Although her degrees are in art, she emphasizes in painting, with her favorites being oil and acrylic.
I much prefer painting over anything else, she said. I feel more comfortable with a paintbrush than with a pencil.
Krantz said she has been more of a realistic style painter, and she takes pleasure in the sense of freedom painting gives [her] along with the intense challenge of making something beautiful and meaningful for other people to enjoy.
Her new art show, a series called Opulent Indulgences, was inspired by an antique crystal chandelier in her home. The series consists of about 15 to 20 of her pieces.
She said she loves the beauty and romanticism that chandeliers add to a room.
Her paintings incorporate a translucent linear style, a use of pattern and complexity.
Krantz focuses on making her paintings aesthetically pleasing so they capture a complex beauty, mystery and nostalgia.
Krantzs art show will be on display at the Brick House Gallery of Art, 620 N. Church St., Rockford.
Opening reception is 6-9 p.m., Nov. 11. Her work can also be viewed noon-5 p.m., Nov. 12.
From the Nov. 9-15, 2005, issue