As you travel down the driveway to Jodie Wrenn Rippy’s studio, you have a feel of anticipation that you are entering a special place. The canopy of trees gives way to  a small clearing and there you are greeted by this inviting cottage with its small sign by the front door that reads simply, “The Studio”. As I entered the studio and was greeted by Jodie, I was in awe of how all of its details just blended together to make such a wonderful space. A space to create.

Before I broke out my cameras I asked Jodie for a little history of her studio. It was constructed several years ago and many of the materials used were salvaged from other places. The Chinese Chippendale balcony railings and French doors were saved from the demolition of the Cape Fear Country Club and all the interior doors were discovered in various antique shops. It is a cheerful space and it has a calming feel as you receive its energy. Jodie’s nook desk is a journey itself as its walls are covered with show and gallery announcements and post cards of art work that she has collected in her travels. She calls her studio her sanctuary, a retreat, and it is well deserved of such a description.

Jodie has been an artist in the making since she was a child. At the age of 10 she produced a portrait of Caroline Kennedy and sent it directly to JFK and was rewarded with a thank you note from the White House. Her work utilizes various medias of oils, watercolors and collage. As she sees a work develop she creates a balance of  light and dark that guides the viewer through the painting. Her work encompasses landscapes, still life, portraiture and she is always striving to push herself creatively. Her mindset is to seek new stimulation that will push her to the next step of her growth as an artist.

Jodies work has been recognized with regional awards and appears in private and corporate collections, as well as being represented by several galleries. She has exhibited at St. Johns Museum of Art, Davidson County Museum of Art and the Fayetteville Museum of Art. Her work is in the permanent collections of  the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Peace College in Raleigh, NC. She hold degrees from Peace College and a BS in Art Education from UNC at Chapel Hill.

In addition to her formal education, Jodie has studied with nationally known artists Wolf Kahn, Ted Goerschner and Burton Silverman, as well as at the Ringling College of Art and Design at Wild Acres, NC. Her fondness for travel has afforded her the opportunity to paint on location in Greece, France, Portugal, Spain, the Virgin Islands, the American Southwest and, of course, her local coastal areas of Wilmington.

Get to know this wonderful Wilmington artist by going to her web site : Jodie Wrenn Rippy. Like the drive through the trees to her studio, it is worth the trip.