Today we’d like to introduce you to Janet Lynn Galvin.
Janet Lynn, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have always enjoyed meditative creative processes that require patience and focus. I graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in Art and a concentration in design. During my senior year, I studied abroad in Orvieto, Italy, to learn about the Italian tradition of painting as a practice of prayer and meditation. I documented the colors and textures of the ancient cities in rich acrylic color. I then began creating paintings that allow viewers to experience “riposo”- to rest. In the future, I aim to discover new techniques, share my paintings with the public through art exhibitions, and make art sustainably.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My paintings begin as color notes – watercolor sketches which document how colors organize themselves around me. I also take photographs of interesting textures on surfaces like aging architecture and nature. These colors and textures take precedence in my mind as they connect themselves with the emotions and memories from the day I discovered them. The compositions of my paintings are abstract arrangements of these textures, emotions, memories, and colors. I work on several pieces at once, as the paint needs to rest before the next layer can be applied. Painting fills me with joy as I strategically guide the paint across the surface – adding and subtracting medium to create an atmospheric landscape.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
Many artists create out of necessity, to reach goals, or to answer questions. Creating is vulnerable and difficult while spending time digitally immersed is easier and instantly gratifying. I think the greatest and most rewarding risk an artist can take is to step into silence and solitude, be true to themselves, and make. The greatest challenge is to prioritize this practice of artmaking on a daily basis.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am currently an Artist in Residence at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Connecticut and have an open studio every month. If you are interested in commissions or recent exhibitions, please visit my website, janetlynngalvin.com. Feel free to ask me questions through my email address janetlynngalvin@gmail.
- Website: janetlynngalvin.com
- Email: janetlynngalvin@gmail.
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