“Man’s integration with and interdependence with nature was clear to me at an early age with the immersion in the agricultural environment a stone’s throw from home. This gave me an early foundation and appreciation for the bounties that surround us in the natural environment.” Janis Sanders has always found his inspiration from the outside… Read more »
**Come meet Janis at Toroso on Tuesday, June 20th from 5-7. Click here for details. “This spot at the end of land at Bailey Island, Maine is continually overflowing with beauty and drama. The surf somehow dips and pounds the shore even on, what appear to be, calm ocean water days,” says Janis Sanders. “The… Read more »
The richness and light found in the collective work of Sanders’ solo show at Maine Art Gallery is spectacular. His classic blue sky has taken on a fresh glow, his structures and landscapes contain fine details in vibrant colors, and the body of work itself contains a great deal of Maine imagery. This show has found a perfect home in our Kennebunk gallery.
“At times the small finishing touches on a painting become the most important. It may be just a tweak, a tiny bit of color, a pastel shade, or a deep rich shadow. My instinct tells me the right place,” says Sanders. “They harmonize with the previous hours of work, and the piece begins to hum. Without these small changes and additions something indefinable, but nevertheless crucial, is simply lacking, wanting and incomplete.”
Sanders is an accomplished oil painter, who has won awards for his distinctive painting style. He melds elements of American Realism with Modernism/Impressionism for a dramatically contemporary visual result. Many of Sanders’ paintings are done outside or “en plein air”, a method introduced by French artists, which means “open air”.
Monhegan Light is an inspiration as a symbol, as well as a physical structure from many views and perspectives. As visitors, we often come by day to view the lighthouse and the stunning coast surrounding it. Rarely does the iconic place have guests in the evening. Except maybe for one of our artists, Janis Sanders. Head Light and Shadows is the result of one of these visits.
“Barns and old houses are wonderful and wondrous places, places where people have worked and played and lived and created. They have their own simple functional beauty, They are artifacts left in their own footsteps, footprints walked away from,” says Janis Sanders during a recent discussion about one of his favorite inspirations. “The echoes are still in the air if you listen just right.”
The show, Maine. As they see it., was created with pieces like this in mind, with artist like this in mind. “Late Light is a place and a moment and a fragment in an overly hectic world,” Janis explains. “Here there is still is a slice of present, of being here, in the here.”
Set at the top of the island, the Monhegan Lifesaving Station overlooks Mohegan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Now dormant, Janis found inspiration, not only by what is, but by what was.