Colour, texture and light has been a constant fascination in my life, beginning in theatre productions working as set painter, costume sewer and lighting assistant. I have photographed and sketched subjects for as long as I can remember. Through painting, I can communicate in a much more intimate way with subjects.
Painting allows me to speak with an emotional voice through colour, texture and light. The work comes from my experience, my life. When I paint, my mind disconnects; there is only energy running through to my brush and onto the painted surface. I am in the zone. I love that – the freedom that is part of painting. There is nothing else going on around me; it is only about painting.
From soft watercolours to bold acrylics, my paintings precisely communicate my experience and the energy and beauty that motivated me. I recognize the power in my work comes from the use of light in my compositions. First sketching the work, I experience the way the piece is going to speak. Then I visualize the colours and make a mental plan of how I will apply the paint. Once I’ve got my brush in hand, the painting is on its way.
When I can look at and re-live the emotion that inspired the piece, I feel that the painting has turned out really well. As people view my paintings, I hope they experience some kind of emotion; it confirms that the work has spoken.
Far more information about Janice’s work, please visit www.janicefeist.com.