Reverse Painted Jewelry Artist Jane Carpenter

Portrait of the artist Jane Carpenter wearing a "mystic hand" necklace she created.

Portrait of the artist Jane Carpenter wearing a “mystic hand” necklace she created.

Jane Carpenter’s bright and whimsical jewelry is inspired by her “menagerie” of animals, as well as the garden and sea.  Each of her pieces includes meticulously-rendered reverse paintings on clear Lucite, created using tiny brushes, applicators and even toothpicks.  The reverse painting technique dates from the 4th century.

This intricately rendered fox pin depicts animals within the animal.

This intricately rendered fox pin depicts animals within the animal.

Carpenter’s jewelry, including earrings, pins, pendants and necklaces, is mounted on embossed and embellished sterling silver.  Her other art works include paintings on Masonite and Plexiglas, as well as pen and ink on paper.  Carpenter earned her BA and MFA in art, with an emphasis on jewelry.  She has spent many years plying the art show circuit throughout the country.

After discovering Gulfport in the early 1990s and finding it “quaint, welcoming and full of artists,” she began living here as a “snowbird,” then moved fulltime in 1994.

Beautiful flower-inhabited earrings by Jane Carpenter.

Beautiful flower-inhabited earrings by Jane Carpenter.