Perhaps art is about presenting different mental maps that can help shape the subconscious and, hence, our future. Life becomes what we think.
Most of my paintings from the three series of recent years align with a utopian world I call Smuggler’s Cove. It is a place where horses run wild, the ocean is clear and warm, sea life abundant and mountains verdant. It is generally a place where mindful living is the norm, a land of peace, beauty, happiness, and abundance.
I have experienced spiritual epiphanies at the shore while swimming with schools of fish, surfing, or just sitting quietly and observing. There is magic there in another world that is grand, exciting, and mysterious, and so few people ever experience it. It is a link to a fresh yet ancient world that is far removed from our harried day-to-day lives.
My hope is that these paintings invite viewers to be more present in the moment and in nature, and encourage a better vision for honoring life on the planet.
Janey was raised in Beaumont, Texas, and spent a lot of time with her mom’s extended family at the coast. Favorite remembrances include playing beach volleyball, floating in the gulf on giant inner tubes from her uncle’s rice combines, family feasts of fresh seafood, and surfing.
These memories carry a connection now with the ocean, and a utopian vision that she explores in her search for “how can I use art as a force for good”? Never venturing far from the seaside, Janey moved to the San Francisco bay area in 1981, where her favorite and frequent refuge is local Marin beaches.
Upon graduation from high school, Janey was offered an art scholarship. The fear of being a starving artist drove her to get a degree in mathematics with minors in art and sociology from Lamar University. Janey’s art education continued at the University of Houston, San Francisco Art Institute, UC Berkeley, and College of Marin.
Janey completed an Artist in Residency at Kriti Gallery in Varanasi, India, this past December, and as well as a solo exhibition in May and June at the Maturango Museum in southern California. Her paintings are collected nationally and internationally. In 2018 she was commissioned for numerous pieces for Kaiser Permanente Technology Center, Sutter Cathedral Hills Hospital, and Bodega Bay Lodge.
Her studio is in the San Francisco bay area, in Greenbrae, California.