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Today we’d like to introduce you to Janet Wise.

Janet, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
There was a time when I had a big romantic notion of being a bohemian artist living in a grungy apartment in Chelsea, walking the paths of the post-war abstract expressionists.

Guess I was born too late. After years of being an art major, I came to believe I should never ask art to pay my way through life. So I put it all aside and went into nursing administration. Now at a much later time in life, I have returned to painting as self-therapy and to prevent harmful behavior or depression that suddenly arose during these uncertain times. I was miserable and I needed to make some changes.

I purchased two dozen large canvases and just started throwing dry (can’t recommend this technique) and mixed pigments onto canvases. I used acrylics or oils, in abstract expression, geometric, landscapes, even figural styles. I presented some work to a gallery/chef’s table in Studio City and they generously gave me space to hang every one of them, and for almost a year. And man, I have been on fire creating more and more. I probably have 80 or so large canvases floating around in various places created just since mid-2017.

I am now resigning from my role at a university to pursue art full time. Yes, I want to honor my art but I am pushing myself every single day. I am getting out and going to events, asking for feedback, applying to (and being accepted in) art fairs and shows in LA and NYC. This journey has just begun.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Over the years I have been a ceramic artist and made jewelry from stones I cut from big rocks and precious metals. I’ve done a little of everything but I have happily returned to painting. I learned early how to stretch canvases and my professors were considered abstract expressionists. Even the art history teachers. So I learned to embrace the idea of “making art for art’s sake” and it was all about three things; the energy of the line, what the colors are saying, and the composition.

One thing I’ve noticed very recently is the more anxious or troubled I feel, the more refined and deliberate the paintings become vs. the intense darkness I felt last year. It’s as if the fog has lifted. This body of work seems to take on a life all its own. I rarely sketch but have intense visions of color combinations. If you see my work from summer 2018 you’ll see what I mean. What I want others to take away from reading this and looking at the pieces is how powerful all the arts are. They can and do heal. They are quite personal for the artist and we need to pay attention and apply it liberally!

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
The world has become a very different place recently. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I was not expecting to have my life turned upside down overnight. Most of us have lost friends and can no longer enjoy conversations with some of our closest relatives and we’ve watched almost every group of humanity suffer needlessly. The things we are experiencing go against everything we’ve been taught about how to treat each other and care for our neighbors. It is devastating. I believe that we as artists can ignite conversations by putting our feelings out there to be seen.

Now more than ever, the art’s narrative is as important as the visual piece. We want to make those connections again and find a way to cut through some of the hatred and fear. Art is a powerful tool of communication. It is something we need locally to rebuild trust in our communities. We can have this conversation on a national level and we must.

Globally, the world will be assured that most of our people do not embrace the horrors that have been forced on us and I continue to have hope that artists will be one of the change agents.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I rely on the immediacy and flexibility and ease of social platforms, especially Instagram where I post quite a bit.

Everything I paint also goes directly onto my website. The best way to support my art is to support the art of everyone by making the effort to seek out pieces that speak to you. Going to a local art walk? Bring along a little money and buy from the artists who are putting their work and their insecurities right out for you to see.

Support them! You may not know what you want, but take the time to pay attention to your feelings and how you are reacting to what you experience. Art is fun, it should evoke a feeling or thoughts. Never buy art at a store that sells shower curtains and meatballs. Make room for real art and definitely go make some yourself!

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Image Credit:
Michael Vieyra

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