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.”

  • University of Idaho BFA 1973
  • Boise City Artist in Residence 2009, 3 months creating Grain Elevators series of 36, Table Top Series of 25, and Tree Series of 8
  • Grellner Scholarship School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2010
  • Idaho BLM First Artist in Residence 2014. Posters of my work were producded for the National BLM and Idaho
  • Mesa Verda National Park Artist in Residence 2018
  • Boise State University Gallery 2009 and 2017
  • Meridian City Gallery 2011
  • Carnegie Art Center, Baker Oregon 2013
  • Idaho BLM Show at Seda Studio and Cindar Winery 2014
  • Wallowa Art Festival 2008 Best of Show
  • Idaho Watercolor Society Jurors Choice, Best of Show 2008
  • Sedona Art Festival Best of Show 2009
  • Saratoga Best of Show, Featured Artist 2011
  • Bend Fall Festival Best of Show 2013
  • Ojai Art Festival 2016
  • Loa Altos Rotary Show Mayor's Award 2017
  • Inn at 500 Lobby, Boise, Idaho
  • Idaho State Historical Museum Entry 2016
  • Saint Alphonsus Hospital, Nampa Corporate Purchases 2016
  • Zion Bank Corporate Office 2015
  • Boise State University Vice President's Office Student Affairs Entry 2014
  • Pendleton Regional Hospital Lobby 2012
  • Microsoft Corporate Offices Lobby 2010
  • Idaho Power Corporate Offices 2008

"The 2020 Season is almost here, this year my plan is to perhaps only attend 3-4 shows out of state, attend more Saturday Markets and paint more in my studio."

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.

  • Boise Saturday Market
  • Bellevue Art Museum, Washington
  • Cherry Creek, Colorado
  • Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Scottsdale, Arizone
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Park City, Utah
  • Durango, Colorado
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • San Francisco, California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • La Quinta, California
  • Indian Wells, California
  • Salem, Oregon
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Edmonds, Washington
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Crested Butte, Colorado
  • Aspen, Colorado
  • Whitefish, Montana
  • Calistoga, California
  • Ojai, California
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Bend, Oregon
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