Janis is a mom of two young boys and she lives in Golden. She's been painting since she was in her early teens and she is, by vocation, an art therapist - when work is available. In the meantime, she is a devoted mom of two young boys who gives private painting lessons.
Like many artists, Janis was born with artistic talent but she took it for granted. It wasn't until the birth of her sons that she took the gift of the muse seriously. Janis says that,
"raising two young boy brought a deep sense of creativity and wonder into my life along with a sense of needing to follow my passion to show them that it is possible to follow one's dreams."
What impresses me about Janis, besides her artistic abilities is her sense of creative self understanding.
Janis says that the time and the freedom that she has to paint has given her the opportunity to listen to her inner self, and when she does "the universe responds with many signs and synchronistic occurances." Well said.
I learned from our conversation that she enjoys looking at an empty canvas and letter her art intuitively flow and develop as she goes along. She likes painting landscapes and she occasionally adds a few animals to the mix.
I took an immediate liking to her uniquely impressionistic style and when we discussed it she admitted to being influenced by Georgia O'Keefe, Emily Carr and Ted Harrison.
Like most artists I know, Janis is eager to see her world of art expand into more galleries beyond the region where she lives. She recognizes the universality of art and the need for art in our fractured times.
I would like to keep painting and writing songs and use these mediums as a means of bringing a sense of hope, energy, mystery and connection into the world and to others. I feel the world is in need of these things right now..