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As an artist, I like to develop paintings that are colourful and have an impressionistic style. I aim to find beauty in ordinary things by discovering the way light and shapes are reflected on different surfaces. My brush strokes are deliberate, not blended, to create a painterly, loose style of painting. Good design composition is important to me, allowing the viewers eye to travel around the piece. My medium of choice is either acrylic or oil paint, depending on my mood. Often, back-painting the piece first with acrylic paint and then once dry continue to paint in oil. Usually working on gallery wrapped canvas, I always paint the edges white instead of black. The white edges compliment the piece rather than distract as I feel black does. With the use of texture, stroke and vibrant colour rather than of line I strive to express emotion through my artwork.
The name of this exhibit is ‘Reflections’. In this body of work, I am exploring the symbiotic relationship between visual reflections in everyday objects and surfaces with self-reflection as a way to give the brain a route to untangle and sort through observations and experiences in order to learn, grow and develop. Something that ‘reflects’ comes back to you. If you look in a mirror, you will see your reflected image. If you reflect on your past experiences, you look at them once again, thoughtfully. Visual reflections are fascinating to me and inspire my creative mind. I love the way shapes and light are abstracted by the surface in which they are reflected…whether it be glass, water, or some other glossy material. Reflection of light occurs when the waves encounter a surface or other boundary that does not absorb the energy of the radiation and bounces the waves away from the surface. Reflections can create beautiful designs, ranging from repetitive patterns such as ripples in water to an almost exact mirror image of the objects themselves. At the same time self-reflection is a powerful tool for finding meaning and processing important information. You can’t force reflection on yourself or others. Through art and the physical act of painting in my loose style, I simultaneously
reflect on my own experiences. With each brush stroke I feel emotions pour onto the canvas. Painting for me is like creating a visual, on-going, reflective journal. It is a journal of events and choices that document my own experiences and growth.
With this exhibition, I invite the viewer to experience the symbiotic relationship between visual reflection with self-reflection. Visual reflections allow the eye to dance around the painting while following the distorted shapes and colours in a relaxing and therapeutic manner. Personal reflection enables us to process and make meaning of all of the learning and working experiences we’ve had. As the viewer engages in each original painting in front of them, they are free to self-reflect on their own lives.
Through art and creative expression, I’m excited that this show will inspire audiences of the gallery to consider the benefits of reflection.
Fernie resident and emerging artist Janet Moore recently relocated from Ontario to Western Canada and the move has awakened her creative mind. Janet’s interests include hiking, biking and snowboarding and are often the subject of her colourful paintings. Depending on how she is feeling about the subject matter at the time, she paints in either oil or acrylic. Not always in the studio, Janet can be found painting en plein air, which simply means painting outdoors, creating a loose impression of the landscape. She also enjoys drawing the human figure, striving to capture the feeling of the poses. Portraits are another passion, aiming not only to get a likeness of a person but also convey their personality and even their mood. Janet was born and raised in Ontario and has always had an interest in art. She graduated from George Brown College in Toronto with a diploma in the two-year Graphic Design Program with a strong interest in the fine art classes such as life drawing. She also enjoyed typography and so went on to complete two more years before graduating from the Graphic Sign Design Program and receiving a second diploma. Mastering the art of hand lettering was important as she owned and operated a sign company in Ontario. For the last 24 years Janet and her sister have run a successful graphic window film company in Ontario. Janet participated in many juried shows while in Ontario and is currently inspired by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. With the use of texture and colour, she strives to express emotions through her artwork.