Lanna was born in Belgrade, Serbia and emigrated with her family to Rochester, NY in 1957. She received her MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Philadelphia. Her studies included a year each in Florence and Rome. She has taught painting and drawing at SUNY Geneseo, Creative Workshop of the Memorial Art Gallery and Rochester Institute of Technology, where she currently teaches painting and figure drawing in the Evening Studio program of the School of Art, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Lanna lives and works in rural western New York State
Recent solo exhibitions include: In Harmony, Lederer Gallery, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo NY (2010); Gilded Square, Rochester, NY (2010); 2009 Rochester Regional Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery; Signs of Life monotype prints, Ock Hees Gallery, Honeoye Falls, NY (2009); Elemental Arts & Cultural Council Gallery, Rochester, NY (2009); Monotypes, Graphic Collective Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia (2008)
My art practice consists of painting, drawing and printmaking in an impressionistic and abstract style. I am inspired by the sensory world of nature; light, color, texture sound. These elements continually bring up memories especially those from childhood places that left a deep impression on me. Their particular character is always with me and at the heart of what I express in my art.
I approach painting as a meditation on space. It is a dialogue between me and my materials and the relationships that emerge. Oil paint is my primary material but I often start in acrylic and use other media such as charcoal and pastel directly in the paint. A painting is finished when I feel that an image has acquired an emotional as well as a formal presence. The effect the colors have on the senses is the most important expressive element I use. I would like viewers to experience my work as if it were music, respond to the mood and find their own place in it.www.lannapejovic.com