Jeannetta vanRaalte

For many years I was a textile designer in New York City, my “home town”. Textile design was the perfect outlet for me as I love decorative art. I did florals, paisleys and decorative abstract paintings that were used for rugs, drapery, wallpaper and furniture. Ever since I stopped working in textiles, I have been doing what I liked, namely botanical paintings, decorative calligraphy and various other forms of art.

While still working, I saw an exhibition of botanical paintings that inspired me to do paintings in that genre in my spare time. My botanicals have since been in more than 30 juried exhibitions, and some of my work is in the permanent collections of the Hunt Institute in Pittsburgh and the New York State Museum in Albany.

Calligraphy and fonts especially fascinate me, so one section of my website includes free-form watercolor paintings of alphabets, letters and words using decorative fonts, many of my own invention. A children’s book for which I did the illustration and calligraphy is in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. In other sections of my website you can see examples of my decorative pen-and-ink, and watercolour abstracts.

Besides my original artwork, museum-quality giclée prints of all of my works are available. In addition, my paintings of calligraphic letters, and even individual letters within any of my alphabets, can be made into ceramic tiles. Purchases of original artwork and tiles can be made online through my website.

Please feel free to contact me regarding commissions of botanical and decorative works, including alphabets and calligraphic works with words or letters of your own choosing.

Since I am paint almost every day, I continually add images to my website, so please visit often.