Sunday, September 13, 2009
Janet Onofrey - Artist
Janet Onofrey lives in southern Florida. This plein air painting, entitled Sanctuary, is 20"x24". Her current studio works were recently on exhibit in Savannah, Georgia, where she earned her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Under the title of "Utopia Subdivided", these studio paintings explore the planned, gated developments with strict homeowners' regulations that create so many of our new "communities," where everything from nature and aesthetics to family life is contrived and controled. This one, entitled "Divided We Fall," is 33"x50". Using Birch panels and leaving the grain exposed not only suggests the rigid construction materials of the houses and fencing but also hints that things are not really what they seem to be.
"Every painting is a reflection and interpretation of an extremely personal experience. I want the viewer to step into my moment and experience it too. My style is somewhere between representational and impressionistic. I have been influenced by the impressionists all my life; Cassatt, Monet, Hassam, and Sargent. They all painted from life, because a strong connection between life and the art is essential to the emotion of a painting." ~ Janet Onofrey