A gorgeous, one-of-a-kind painting by our latest artist-in-residence, Monica Janes.
From the artist:
"I am an abstract expressionistic painter working primarily with acrylics. I have always had a passion for creative exploration and cannot remember a time in my life when I wasn’t painting, taking photographs or “making something.” When I originally went to college, I was science focused, but ultimately my passion and interest in the arts was undeniable. I transferred into the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State and graduated with a degree in Graphic Design. Despite an exciting career in advertising in New York City, I ultimately chose to leave the corporate world and focus on my passion for painting. When I had less time to paint "full time” I painted more on paper than canvas with either watercolors, gouache or acrylics. My painting “Jubilant” shows my love for the creamy, natural tones of watercolor paper and I like to paint many of my canvases with layers of creamy, off-white paint as a starting point. Because I love rich, bright colors and lots of rhythm and motion in my paintings, I like to emphasize the movement of the brushstrokes by leaving the periphery of the painting blank (meaning that you see those gorgeous, creamy layers of paint!) which I would describe as “negative space”. This also emphasizes the separation between the “real world” and the “painted world” on canvas.
I am a true believer that art is an essential part of the "human experience”. I believe that color has a dramatic impact on how we feel and can truly affect our mood and state of mind. I see the incorporation of art into our homes as a way for all of us to take a moment out of our every day activities and get lost in a “visual world” (even if it’s just for a few moments) that either inspires us, speaks to us on a deep emotional level or simply makes us happy. I am so grateful to have found such a gratifying pursuit. Just as important to me as the joy I get from creating a painting is the feeling I get when someone who sees my work has an emotional connection with it and says something like, “I just love it!”
You can find me most days at home painting in my studio in New Jersey or headed back to New York City to visit my favorite galleries and museums."