Spotlight: Prudy Vannier
Prudy Vannier owns and operates Prudy’s Studio, Inc., a publishing company for decorative art books and pattern packets specializing in acrylic painting. She and her husband also own Northville Gallery in downtown Northville, Michigan.
Vannier’s style is fun, whimsical, and lighthearted, reflecting her sense of humor and her love of this art form. This style is best showcased in her signature Fairy Door designs. Her simple techniques can be applied to any subject or surface and are taught by her nationally and internationally. You can find Vannier’s projects in painting magazines and books
How did you get started painting?
I was an art major with a printmaking emphasis but found with four children I needed an artistic outlet that was do-able at home and a conduit for creativity. And I needed an art form with learning resources and materials easily available. i was exploring copper enameling when a friend talked me into taking a decorative painting class in 1984. I’ve never looked back!
What type of painting do you do?
I’m an acrylic painter who enjoys a variety of subject matter and surfaces. I love the challenge and study of perfecting realistic painting and I love studying colors. My favorite painting challenge is creating one that tells a story to the viewer with whimsy and a sense of humor.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Since the beginning, the biggest challenge is improving my drawing and design skills. In recent years, a challenge I enjoy is studying trends and colors to stay current in today’s market.
What impact do DecoArt’s products have on your work/life?
The quality of the paint and the consistency of colors are reliable. I always know exactly what attributes each color adds to my work. As DecoArt grows with more and more products, I find I grow artistically from experimenting and using them in my painting. A case in point is Decou-Page — I’m crazy about it and using it adds new dimension to my work.
How long have you been a Helpign ARtist?
I’ve became a Helping Artist shortly after I began travel teaching 25 years ago.
What has been your best and brightest moment as a Helping Artist?
DecoArt presented me with an opportunity to display a piece in China — that was thrilling!
What’s your favorite DecoArt product?
Other than the Americna paints, I love Decou-page, the Neons, SnowTex, and Craft Twinkles. They add zing to my paintings.
What has been your greatest success, so far?
My greatest personal success is the comfort level I’ve attained with my painting and design skills. I welcome challenges with pleasure whether its designing to a new piece of wood or new subject matter, or meeting a deadline.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
One thing I love about decorative painting is that there are always new products and new things to learn and apply. in 5 years I see myself still having fun with it.
Who is your favorite artist, and why?
The hardest question! From traveling Europe all the time, I get to see a variety of artists, past and present. So far my favorite painting of all time is a small Marc Chagal — colorful and whimsical. In my own field, I love and admire Bobbie Takashima’s wacky creativity, Ann Kinglan’s formal application of rules, and Lois Meuller’s perfect strokes.