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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.