Initially inspired to paint by her desire to tell the story of her family, Janine began painting scenes of places they had been, then expanded from there. She is fascinated by the beauty and complexity of single elements of nature, particularly those found in the mountains. Her faith directs the feel of a piece as it reflects the serenity and grandeur that she sees in nature.
Themes in Janine’s work offer a sense of calm and rest to allow the viewer to enter in to a brief respite from the busy and often chaotic world. Her composition and color palette are rich and full, and calming at the same time. When she paints, she often becomes so involved with a piece that she looses track of time, and more often than not, she is a bit surprised by the direction a piece carries her. Her work really comes alive when beauty comes through it to reach into a person to bring healing or joy or assurance that life is more than what we are experiencing at the moment, that things can always get better.
While exploring various painting technique, she found her voice in a technique called sgraffitto, carving the image into a thick layer of paint. She creates movement with heavy brush strokes and palette knives. Janine most often paints on wooden artist panels or re-claimed walnut to utilize the way the oil paint grabs onto the grain as she drags it across.
Her work is currently represented by Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC, The Atelier Gallery in Charleston, The Sanctuary of Davidson, and JWV Artists. Her work has also been shown in Red Sky Gallery. She was featured in Charlotte Living Magazine July/August and September/October 2012 issues. She has also been featured in Charlotte Magazine, Scoop Charlotte, and Baby & Child.
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