Making detours on the road less traveled in life has been JanyRae’s inspiration. After experimenting the past 10 years with watercolor, pastel, charcoal, graphite she has determined that bold rich oil pigment and rough texture represent her painting style.
As a child she spent countless hours imagining and drawing in her room or anywhere she could in her hometown of Mountain Home Idaho. Her father built her a light table, and her mom gave her gallons of paint…most of which went on her everchanging walls and ceiling!
JanyRae graduated from the University of Idaho with a BFA in Design and pretty much spent the next 30 years exploring, being a mother of 3, and wearing many different hats. Jany spent several years on window display in Virginia, then design and drafting of supertankers and submarines for the Coast Guard. Moving back to Idaho she owned a home design business, took over running her parents bowling alley, worked as a Community Planner at Mountain Home Air Force Base: then decided to own a Hallmark Store, Ice Cream Shop and a Restaurant…. Then things suddenly came to an end and she started over in Boise in the food and beverage business for hotels. Her youngest daughter was a senior at Boise High and kept bringing home painting assignments, Jany decided to invested in some paint supplies, she also decided to not take the advice of her senior year in college oil painting professor to “never pick up a paint brush again, your Pathetic”. At almost 55, Jany decided to explore the world of oil painting and right away at Saturday Market she started to sell just about everything she painted. Her son gave her some great advice about painting: Do a series, at least 20-30 pieces that show consistency of technique and theme, this opened a new door to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and extended study.
Until this point she was self-taught, now she could put into practice techniques and the science of materials she learned while at Chicago. Jany has now painted over 2000 paintings and has worked over 15,000 hours at her craft. She has pursued a path of selling her art at local fine art festivals throughout the west, and at her local Boise Saturday Market.
Her process begins with an idea or a place, real or imaginary, exploring with sketches to full size drawings and finally to canvas. She builds up areas with many layers using brush and pallet knife, eventually achieving vibrant thick color and texture. “I am exploring a way of painting my experiences, relying on my intuitive color choices, depicting less finite forms and allowing gesture to create wonder. I am invested in landscape, my biggest shift is exploring of a more human scale and gauge, limited color range, and intimate perception that is not fixed. Painting that demonstrates the use of color to explore intimate composition, I am no longer stuck in subject and representation, but flirting with abstraction.”
15 years ago at Saturday Market I began selling my work. I connect directly with my clients at fine art festivals, discussing a paintings meaning and potential collector's commissions.