My collection of paintings ‘New Shoes’ began as a challenge. I had been a sculptor all of my life, working from the figure exclusively. After many years of working in clay, I yearned to experiment with a different medium. I had dabbled briefly with painting and so the canvas felt like a natural choice for a new beginning. This time it felt free and wonderful. I went from the figure and terracotta to the world of acrylics and abstract expressionism.
When I paint, I think about space, color and balance. Canvas size varies but I prefer the openness of large-scale pieces. I try hard not to plan in advance. If I think too much before I begin, I am not able to work. In order to be free and spontaneous, I simply let the brush go. The white spaces and their importance helps me to define the composition of my work. I dream about color combinations and often integrate these visions into my work.
My paintings express my feelings. I believe that art comes from within and my use of vibrant colors is reflective of the sense of optimism I have about the next chapter in my life.
Janet resides in Manhattan.
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