Alanni Lanni Santa Cruz CA Artist

Alanni Lanni Santa Cruz CA Artist

juvenile Red tailed-hawk
“The Hunt”. Juvenile Red Tailed-hawk at upper Wider Ranch, Santa Cruz County. Oil on canvas, 3’H x 5’W $ 5000.

I believe in creating beautiful work that connects the viewer to something that I find unique in the natural world. I paint in the hope of making peoples’ lives better through art. What I like most about being a painter is the connection I feel to a tradition of self-expression that is like no other occupation. You lay down some pigment and wait for magic to happen. Since retiring from teaching art, I have had the time to wander through the American western landscapes. It is these scenes in nature that inspire me to reconstruct them on canvas, to capture the moments of breathtaking beauty that people today miss because of the pace of everyday life. My oil painting process involves Plein air painting, studies done out of doors, as well as larger studio works.

Landscapes

The best thing about New Cuyama is enjoying a spectacular sunset.

People

Commissioned portraits by Alanni
Odin: I took photos of him at his home. After an hour of running through his yard he took a rest in the grass. I felt like this expression best showed his personality. He is such a bright and gorgeous child. 2014, Oil painting on canvas. 24 H x 24 W in. Collection of Eric Kalh

Motors

chevrolet truck headlamp
Chevrolet Headlamp: The largest of my watercolors, this was a great junkyard find. While painting the truck, I found the fender to be particularly voluptuous. The timeless design and rich texture of the truck components are pleasing. 2003, Watercolor on Arches paper 28 H x 36 W in. Collection of the artist

Still life

1950's melmac dinnerware in a dish drain 1950's melmac dinnerware
Ruth’s Dishes:1950’s melmac dinnerware in a dish drain 1950’s Melmac dinnerware,Household Crimes Series, watercolor on Arches paper 18 L x 26 W in.

Florals

pink water lilies oil painting
Pink WaterLillies: Oil and sand on canvas, 20 H x 16 L in. $650 framed

Contact

About

Born in New Jersey and settled in Santa Cruz, CA, I find California’s climate is more compatible with my Italian heritage. I enjoy traveling but the phenomenal beauty of Santa Cruz is where I am most inspired. My dad’s company, “A.Lanni Painting and Decorating” imparted in me an early love for paint. I have vivid memories of my dad in his shop mixing pigments into new colors a job worthy of an alchemist. I’ve been interested in art since my childhood and decided to make a career of teaching art to young people. Teaching high school art and photography became one of my career focuses. Having retired after 30 years of teaching I am now painting full-time. My education is as follows:  Master’s Degree in Painting, from San Jose State University, 1991 Teaching Credential, Art, from CA State University Hayward, CA 1980, BA Studio Art, from California State University, Hayward, CA 1979, and an AA in Studio Art, from Grossmont Community College, El Cajon, 1971.

Statement

I lay down some pigment and wait for magic to happen. Since retiring from teaching art, I have had the time to wander through the American western landscapes. It is these scenes in nature that inspire me to reconstruct them on canvas, to capture the moments of breathtaking beauty that people today miss because of the pace of everyday life. My oil painting process involves Plein air painting, studies done out of doors, as well as larger studio works.

Contact

alanniart12@gmail.com