I would describe my work as representational, influenced by the boldness and simplicity of Edward Hopper’s urban landscapes. On a recent visit to Soho, I shot a photo of two people at night sitting together at a pizzeria. They seemed so engrossed in each other and oblivious to the busy city street right outside the window.
For me, the essence of this image was the perfect frame of darkness around the brightly-lit couple. In this piece and many of my drawings, I work fast, pulling images out of the paper with my hands to create shadows and gently erasing areas to create highlights resulting in the soft and mysterious images.
A long-time resident of Westborough, Janet is a practicing artist, whose passion for drawing resurfaced in 2011,when she signed up for The Sketchbook Project, an interactive, travelling exhibition of artists’ sketchbooks that are the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Library.
In her fourth year of participating in The Sketchbook Project, she also continues to work in pastel and charcoal as well as oils, colored pencils and mixed media.
Janet launched her art career with her first solo show in April 2013 at the Westborough Library. She is a member of ArtsWorcester and ArtsBoston and has recently studied with Charlotte Wharton, a prominent local artist based in the Worcester area.