“Although I am primarily a landscape painter, I paint whatever subjects interest me on a personal and abstract level. This has recently led me to explore still lifes and animals more extensively. My paintings are representational in style, but with strong underlying abstract designs. Color is an important element in my paintings and color choices are made carefully to create strong color harmonies in my paintings.
An avid snow skier, hiker and cyclist, I find endless inspiration for my landscape paintings during my time spent outdoors. I create my work both en plein air and in the studio based on field studies and reference photos. When painting outdoors my goal is to capture the essence of a scene at a particular moment in time, paying particular attention to color and light. I believe that spending time observing nature is essential to creating an authentic response to and visual description of a scene. Nature is truly the best teacher for a landscape painter, and time spent outdoors is both inspirational and instructional. While I am generally drawn to interesting light effects, I also find inspiration in color and pattern which is why trees are a frequent subject matter of my paintings.
I am increasingly enjoying painting still lifes, which has led to the realization that I am most engaged creatively when painting from life. I am fascinated by the way light hits objects and the color nuances that can turn ordinary objects into a visual feast. I have particularly enjoyed using seasonal offerings such as lilacs, sunflowers and cherries to create series in which I can explore an array of ideas.”
Janet Anderson Painting, Oil 9 X 12 (Interest categories: Oil, Landscape, Historic, Painting, Traditional Paintings, Fine Art, Art Gallery, Janet Anderson Artist)