By Domino Staff

Published on May 31, 2014

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Take a peek into the Manhattan space where she creates her highly sought-after figure, form, and animal paintings.

Take a tour of Jenna Snyder-Phillip's 400-square-foot-apartment.

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Snyder-Phillips—who grew up riding horses with her grandfather in her native Pennsylvania—was drawn to painting zebras because they combined her love of large mammals with her affinity for all-things black and white. 

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Her paintings, which are mostly done with charcoal and Japanese Sumi ink, are comprised of strong, deliberate brushstrokes that make a stark powerful contrast against their muted cotton backdrop. 

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Snyder-Phillips often starts her works by painting them on the floor of her studio and then hanging them on the wall for finishing touch-ups and drying, often leaving behind colorful splatters of paint to admire.  “Color should be either big and bold or kept simple,” Snyder-Phillips explains of her painting philosophy, which is mostly derived from a clean palette of ink on paper. 

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A mood board above Snyder-Phillips’ old-school utilitarian storage desk (from CB2) features inspirational photographs of water reflections as well as pictures of free-spirited forms and fashion models. 

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The vivid teals and cool greens of these colorful abstracts were drawn from the hues of the Mediterranean Sea and more  specifically, Snyder-Phillips’ memories of time spent in Italy. “Color can transform a space,” says Snyder-Phillips. “It sets the mood and adds another facade to a room. “

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Photographs, whether her own or ripped from the likes of National Geographic and vintage art textbooks, are the source of all of Snyder-Phillips work. Her father, also an avid-photographer, raised Snyder-Phillips with a deep appreciation for all things visual.