“Why is it that looking at old photos, the older they are, the younger you look?” laughs Janis Sanders when talking about creating new work. The relationship between painting and photography is tight—the more unique the artwork, the older the artist, and the more experience and skill we see come through in paint. “The common… Read more »
“In my new process, the doors opened to experimentation with new colors, new color mixes, new color combinations, and bold, unusual perspectives,” shares artist Janis Sanders. “Daring. I was daring myself, daring the paint.”
“I begin each painting with the sky; to me, the most important element,” says Sanders. “The sky is light. We are immersed in it. It’s the key to determining the entire atmosphere of the painting. Visually and practically, it provides the backdrop for the other objects in view,” says Sanders. “I paint those blue skies, each new and fresh from the gut.”
“Maine takes me by the hand and gently, quietly reaches in, touches my heart, my soul, tantalizing, whispering, seducing,” says artist Janis Sanders. “She knows me, owns me.”
Janis Sanders has always found his inspiration from the outside world and how it interacts with man and the objects we build. His stunning use of the sky and light combined with structures and vessels has become his signature.
“I begin each painting with the sky; to me, the most important element,” says Sanders. “The sky is light. We are immersed in it. It’s the key to determining the entire atmosphere of the painting. Visually and practically, it provides the backdrop for the other objects in view,” says Sanders. “I paint those blue skies, each one new, each one fresh from the gut.”
Painting for me is both an extension and outgrowth of and a form of expression of this love of the land that I roamed as a boy and young man through the cornfields near home or the idle summer afternoons spent gazing at the wondrous forms the winds shaped for our joy and pleasure if we took the few moments time to look up at the skies, to reach for the skies with our soul in the process, literally and metaphorically and be completely in and of the moment, chewing on a stalk of wild grass picked from a field along the way, tasting the bittersweet juice.
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“At once, there is a sense of intense serenity and drama in each. The jagged shore rocks contrast immediately with the peaceful waters, holding, cradling soft reflections of the far mountains,” shares Sanders. “The splashes of autumn red and orange add contrast, contradiction, and counterpoint. It’s like hot pepper on sunny eggs.”
Natalie Lane, Director of Galleries and General Manager of Maine Art Hill, says, “The early August opening of the Matthews, Sanders, and Joergensen show, is one I have been looking forward to all summer. The contrasting landscapes and seascapes compositions and color palettes range from bold to ethereal. They take us all on a journey of the senses through New England, and it’s seacoast with all its incarnations.”