“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.”
“The work is full of colors playing with and within each other, layered, glazed as in Renaissance methods, in passages like jazz or blues riffs,” Sanders says. “Sometimes, one is small to another lacking. They need the tweak of some color in a particular place is the necessary gesture that completes and concludes this particular story.”
“There is no doubt that this approach evolved at this time for me from three distinct yet invariably interrelated sources,” explains Sanders. “First, as mentioned, this project’s vastness, scale, complexity, and diversity. From a slice of those old photographs, from the references of younger days, “Freedom’s just another word, for nothin’ left to lose.”
“The blank white canvas is nothin’. The freedom is in the paint, the application, the expression,” says Sanders. “My pictorial or visual intent is to show the range and intensity of what I see and perceive in Maine. One painting at a time, in a unified panoply panorama across time.“
The Janis H. Sanders Solo Summer Show is at The Gallery at the Grand at Maine Art Hill, 1 Chase Hill Rd. The show runs through Thursday, September 29, and is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. FMI call 207-967-2803. The show can be viewed online at www.maine-art.com/shows.