Rippy is a representational oil and watercolor artist. Art and the making of art has been an integral part of her life since childhood. Her earliest memory of sharing her art with others was her portrait drawing of young Caroline Kennedy of which she promptly sent to the President himself (for which she received a warm thank you from the White House…she was age 10)
She was the featured artist in the October issue of OUR STATE magazine (a North Carolina periodical) in 2008. She has been recognized with regional awards and appears in private and corporate collections. She has exhibited at St. Johns Museum of Art in Wilmington N.C., Fayetteville Museum of Art in Fayetteville N.C., Davidson County Museum of Art in Lexington, N.C. and is in the permanent collections of UNC Wilmington and Peace College in Raleigh, N.C. as well as Port City Capital Bank of Wilmington, Bald Head Island Corporation, Bank of America, movie producers Mr. and Mrs. Dino DeLaurentis and Oscar award winner Ms. Louise Fletcher. She has a permanent exhibit with First Union Securities in Atlanta Georgia.
Rippy holds degrees from Peace College and a BS in art education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has studied with nationally known artists such as Wolf Kahn, Ted Goerschner and Burton Silverman as well as many others. She has painted on location in Greece, France, Portugal, Spain, the Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Mexico, the American Southwest as well as her local areas of Wilmington, North Carolina, Bald Head Island, North Carolina and the North Carolina mountains.
Her work has been influenced by painters of the Impressionist period. Their manipulation of brushwork in such a way as to achieve spontaneity and light has been of great influence to her. Exciting shapes created by the play of light and color is what initially attracts her to begin a piece. From this point she will begin to create a balance of light and dark with hard and soft edges that will draw the viewer in and move them throughout the painting creating a welcoming composition that invites a sense of participation with the viewer. Rippy’s work can be viewed at her Wilmington, N.C. studio through appointment only by calling 910-619-6782 or can be viewed on line at her website at www.JodieWrennRippy.com .