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March-April 2018
Janine Etherington

Artist Opening Reception
First Friday ArtWalk
April 6th 5:30-8:00pm
Artist Statement
Over the past few years I’ve shifted from developing
images focussed on a preconceived idea or subject to
focussing more on the process of painting itself and
allowing images to emerge. For me this process is one
of simultaneous observation and participation, adding
and subtracting, layering and peeling away, approaching
and retreating. Often, before I start painting, it feels as though
the image, although unknown to me at the outset, is somehow
already there. Not unlike an archeological dig, my job is to show
up to participate in its reveal.
Symbols and icons are strong touchstones for me. I'm captivated
by our ability to decode letter forms to words and ideas. How is it
that we make the leap from symbol to word, from word to idea
and collectively understand?
There isn't much that is more pleasing to me than painting in
my studio, immersing myself in the sound of some glorious jazz.
Thrown into a creative trance, the world's chaos falling away,
I feel as though I've stepped outside of time. Jazz joy abounds
and under the music's influence my work takes directions I can't
anticipate. In certain paintings I let the music play a central role,
and it becomes the subject.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Janine attended the Alberta
College of Art in Calgary and the Emily Carr College of Art and
Design (now Emily Carr University), in Vancouver, British Columbia,
where she earned Honors in Painting and Printmaking. In 2016 she
completed a three-month painting intensive with Nicholas Wilton.
Janine’s work spans a variety of media, including painting (oil and
acrylic and mixed media), printmaking, and photography. She
has exhibited at galleries in Alberta, B.C., Oregon, California,
and around the New York metropolitan area. She has been
featured in Event contemporary arts journal. She now lives and
paints in Eugene, Oregon.