Jayne Somogy


GYPSY WHIMSY ART by "Somogyi" -- from L.A., CA -- now in Conyers, GA


~ Jayne Somogy--who signs her work as "Somogyi," the ethnically-correct spelling of her Hungarian surname--was born and raised in Ohio, attended college in Indiana & Wisconsin as an art/theatre major, lived most of her life in Los Angeles, and "retired" in 2008 to Conyers, Georgia after a long career as an administrative assistant, legal secretary, proofreader, & graphic artist. But her heart was always in the arts, and that's how much of her free time was spent--acting, singing, dancing, drawing, designing, often on a semi-professional level and earned an additional degree in fashion design from FIDM.
~ Jayne has had a lifetime love affair with the exotic--people, places, objects, music--and her favorite artistic subjects are people, and most especially, people she is never likely to meet--interesting but for the most part anonymous figures from the past who serve to define their particular time and place; individuals from the dwindling tribes of indigenous people in places she has never been; and those unique folks that many consider to have been "freaks of nature" because they didn't look like the rest of us. And because she has been an entertainer all her life, she particularly loves portraying dancers from every discipline and every part of the globe, but most especially belly dancers, her own chosen form of dance. All these individuals are rendered with love, a lightness of touch, a sense of humor, and from a sensitive soul-space that evokes a positive response from the viewer.
~ Jayne works in acrylics, pastels, charcoal, art markers, ink, colored pencil, sometimes adds fabric or collage elements, and has a fine attention to detail and an adventurous approach to color.
~ Originals from XanaduGallery.com, SaatchiArt.com and ArtsyHome.com.
~ Jayne has recently added hand-beaded small accent pillows to her collection. Many utilize her artwork, which is printed onto cotton fabric, then beaded and jeweled and sewn into small pillows. Her beading expertise comes from a number of years making highly decorative, beaded belly dance costumes for herself and others. Find her pillows in her etsy.com store, RaqsRags, or at XanaduGallery.com and ArtsyHome.com.
***Artist Statement***
To me, beauty and truth are everything, and they equal love which, metaphysically and spiritually speaking, is all there is. I strive for beauty, harmony and peace in every facet of my life and, by extension, in my art. I love beautifully curving lines and bright gorgeous colors in unusual combinations, and precise detail. I have had a lifetime affair with the exotic—people, places, objects, music—and I have the soul of a gypsy, traveling through time and space by way of books, television and the internet in order to inform myself about life, and the customs, history, environment and appearance of its fascinating, diverse inhabitants—past, present and future—so that I can present them to you, preserving indigenous cultures as they used to be or before they disappear. I have always been accepting of every type of human—regardless of gender or sexual identity, age, religion, ethnicity, color or race—as long as that human is kind and practices the Golden Rule—and I love drawing all of them! My style is whimsical and has been described as being “informed” which I consider a great compliment. I hope my sense of humor also comes through in my work because . . . well, because life is just . . . FUNNY!


High Hat -- Portrait of African Chieftain by Jayne Somogy


High Hat -- Negative by Jayne Somogy


Belly Dancer with a Pearl Earring -- the original -- whimsical redo of Vermeer painting by Jayne Somogy


Nejla -- Retro Portrait of Turkish Celebrity by Jayne Somogy


Burly-Que Babe -- Portrait of Burlesque Dancer by Jayne Somogy


Tango Tangle -- Portrait of 2 Tango Dancers by Jayne Somogy


Samba -- the original -- Portrait of 2 Samba Dancers by Jayne Somogy


Peekaboo on Pink -- the original -- Whimsical Portrait of a Belly Dancer by Jayne Somogy


Portrait of the Artist Playing Zills -- Belly Dancer Self-Portrait by Jayne Somogy


Raqs Sharki Shakira by Jayne Somogy


Zambra Mora -- Belly Dancer/Gypsy Dancer Portrait by Jayne Somogy


Divas of Belly Dance -- Willow Chang -- Belly Dancer Portrait by Jayne Somogy


Floor Work -- Belly Dancer Portrait by Jayne Somogy


Pretty Pachyderm -- Whimsical Elephant by Jayne Somogy


Monkeying Around -- Whimsical Stylized Monkey by Jayne Somogy


Do Rhinos Come in Blue? -- Stylized Blue Rhino by Jayne Somogy


The Rare North American Flower-tailed Squirrel by Jayne Somogy


Phoenix Rising by Jayne Somogy


Rainbow Birds Sunrise -- Stylized Birds on Branches in Rainbow Colors by Jayne Somogy


Shy Seahorse -- Whimsical Sea hourse/ Underwater Scene by Jayne Somogy


Technicolor Dragon -- Rainbow-Colored Whimsical Dragon by Jayne Somogy


Rarin' to Go -- Stylized Medieval Prancing Horse w/ Rainbow Mane by Jayne Somogy


Fanciful Flamingo by Jayne Somogy


Butterfly in Black and White by Jayne Somogy


Butterfly Dressed for a Masquerade Ball by Jayne Somogy


Leo, Rampant -- the original -- Whimsical Lion w/ Text by Jayne Somogy


Does This Hat Make My Beak Look Too Big? -- Drawing of Crowned Crane by Jayne Somogy


Kimono Bridge -- Stylized Asian Design by Jayne Somogy


Nitobe Memorial Garden by Jayne Somogy


Let Them Eat Cake -- the original by Jayne Somogy


Victorian House in Lavender -- Stylized Architectural Drawing of Victorian House by Jayne Somogy


My Happy Place -- Drawing of Colorful Moroccan Porch by Jayne Somogy


Patchwork Pad -- Whimsical Colorful Shack by Jayne Somogy


Happy Gingerbread -- Whimsical Colorful House by Jayne Somogy


Kitty Korner by Jayne Somogy


Blue Shutters, Yellow Wall by Jayne Somogy


Boho Chic -- the original -- Colorful Interior Scene by Jayne Somogy


Pretty in Pink -- the original by Jayne Somogy


Silk flowers by Jayne Somogy


Pink Diamonds by Jayne Somogy


Fever Flower by Jayne Somogy


Sunshine Blooms -- Watercolor Still Life by Jayne Somogy


Orlando Blooms 6-12-16 -- LGBT-friendly Art by Jayne Somogy


Clay Pot by Jayne Somogy


Autumn Abstract by Jayne Somogy


Pearl Shoe by Jayne Somogy


Neon Pink Stiletto by Jayne Somogy


A Purse for Mei Ling -- the original -- still life by Jayne Somogy