JEANNE PETROSKY DENNIS GUZENSKI acrylic paintings on hand made paper
In 1987, Jeanne met a woman at a party who made paper. Having always loved paper and fiber, the first thing out of her mouth was “I’d like to try that.” The connection to making paper was immediate! Since papermaking in itself is simple to learn, this allowed the creativity to flow. The addiction started the first time someone bought the work. She was accepted to the American Craft Council Show (one of the more prestigious at the time), quit her day-jobs and began pursuing her art full time. Dennis Guzenski has always loved drawing! Dennis’ fine art career evolved from the world of decorative arts. He came to painting by way of many different careers including the painting the exteriors of Victorian homes. Tired of having to depend on good weather, limited work time, and varying roof heights, he was open to pursuing new avenues. Faux Finishing captured his interest in 1991.Dennis sought to study these techniques, and enrolled in the country’s oldest faux finishing school in NYC. At Finishing School, Inc. Dennis fell in love with the process. There he mastered the art of rendering faux marble, wood grains, Italian Landscape Murals, Venetian plastering, and other sophisticated decorative finishes. His growing interest in learning many new decorative painting and designer wall finishes eventually turned into a business. Dennis’ talented hand from thirty years of faux finishing has lead to his fine art collaborations with wife and partner Jeanne Petrosky. Jeanne and Dennis met in 2002, beginning a journey of partnership in friendship, marriage. In 2008, Jeanne received an opportunity to go to Nepal for three weeks. Dennis stayed back and did an art show in St Paul MN. Since all went well, they took that as a sign to take the next step and also be partners in business. The fine art of Jeanne Petrosky and Dennis Guzenski is now a completely collaborative effort. Their bold approach to papermaking has won them numerous awards. They are published in multiple books, and their work can be seen at the country’s most acclaimed shows including the Philadelphia Craft show, Smithsonian Craft Show, American Craft Council and the AmericanCraft Exposition. Jeanne Petrosky and Dennis Guzenski’s art is included in private, and corporate collections across the USA, Korea, Japan and England.