Evening Light – Janis H. Sanders

Posted on 06/16/2015 in Janis Sanders 8 Comments


Set at the top of the island, the Monhegan Lifesaving Station overlooks Monhegan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Now dormant, Janis found inspiration not only by what is, but by what was. “Turning and looking toward the Lifesaving Station, one cannot help but be moved by its intrepid stance against the elements, white and pure and resolute. History and future meet here on top of this hill, full and rich with contrasting emotions and physicalities, joy and sorrow, storms and respite, dark and light, as we walk by in a moment on a given warm summer evening, smell the salt air and continue our journey.”

What seems at first sight to be an uncomplicated display of boat and land, iconic of the coastal life, becomes more with time spent. “The strong linear shapes of the buildings and rooflines stand solid in contrast to the curves of the lifeboat itself, all illuminated by sunlight casting gently across the varied surfaces of manmade objects and rugged landscape,” says Sanders. “The shadows emphasize the simple contrast of light and dark as a physical entity itself, and as a symbol of our being in a deeper sense, of those lost at sea and of those who have survived.” Capable and experienced, but now empty, only stories still live in the Monhegan Lifesaving Station.  The tales of the keeper himself, of those rescued or in need, and of course painters like Janis H. Sanders, fill the spaces time left behind.  We are lucky to be able to experience one of those stories first hand here at the Choice Art Show in Kennebunk.

Monhegan is an inspiration in many of Janis’s pieces.  We welcome you to come visit both Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture and Maine Art Shows to experience more of his work. You can also view his full collection on his Artist Page on our website.

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  1. Anna Rae
    June 16, 2015

    Gorgeous! Amazing how Janis has been able to capture the emotions and sense of history he describes.

    • Maine Art
      June 16, 2015

      We agree. He is a storyteller as well as an artist.

  2. bertrand
    June 17, 2015

    Big fan here. The clean direct lines and full color pitch put me right there, toes in sand, humming in an ocean breeze, undistracted by mannerisms of style. I find it truly magical that such a multidimensional experience could emanate from apparently simple paintings. Bravo! Janis

  3. Tija Cross
    June 18, 2015

    Love it , Janis! <3!

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