These three female artists are coming together to celebrate the fall with Maine Art Hill. A trio that compliments but does not compete is a beautiful blend of color, texture, and light.
“The painting experience is a process in its truest and simplest sense. In this case, give, assess, and give again,” says artist Janis Sanders. ” In some instances, nearly simultaneously, an action of small gestures, each one often unintentionally, perhaps subconsciously or instinctually, setting the stage for the next gesture, stage, step, or action.”
“I am grateful that this subject matter, which I have been exploring for the past twelve years, also resonates with many people,” Mozzone shares. “It has been immensely gratifying to get feedback from someone who sees themself as a child and relives happy summer memories through my work.”
“Whether stated with traditional painting materials and methods in traditional applications, stretched to the edges in abstraction, abstract expressionism or even minimalism, the representation of the artist’s experience is, of course, rendered through the filter of that artist’s being, experiential and instinctual, combined, mixed and balanced,” explains Sanders.
“I often begin with a bright underpainting – usually in acrylic – and build up layers of oil paint while letting the underpainting enhance and peak through,” says Mozzone. “Those early years of working in watercolor taught me to think and plan a few steps ahead, especially regarding color. Cobalt Teal from Gamblin is probably my most-used pigment.”
“My paintings begin long before any paint is applied to the canvas or panel on the easel. I always begin with a question,” shares artist Janis H. Sanders. “What do I love about Maine?” Click to find out.
“Painting and drawing were always something I did – from the time I could hold a crayon. Although I majored in Fine Art in college and have painted for most of my life, I began to focus intensely on my art practice in 2010 after my dad’s sudden passing,” shares Mozzone. “It was a time of creative rebirth and experimentation for me as it became painfully clear that life is uncertain, and if this was what I was meant to do, it was now or never.”
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” With two side-by-side show galleries and two opening shows happening on the same weekend, nothing could be more true.
“I am still a painter at heart,” explains Kohler. “I spend a lot of time painting the initial colors, making sure my value structure and color design are as good as possible. I respond to a piece of work a great deal while putting paint on canvas. Some paintings want to be more painterly and loose, and others more graphic.”
“I picked words for the titles that are appropriate to the painting in some way based on the subject matter, colors, and shapes,” shares Kohler. “Although I admit, it is sometimes in an abstract way.”