But this work transcends local color. For Janet the creative process is one of assembling bits and pieces – of stories, sketches, old photographs, Greek mythology – into work greater than the sum of its parts. Surprising, occasionally unsettling, juxtapositions result, and the imagery of the Texas ranch resonates universally... reminding us that everyday life in South Texas, like everyday life everywhere, has depths, - narrative, cultural, spiritual – worth attending to, scrutinizing.
Formally, the paintings express these juxtapositions stylistically. Many of Janet’s paintings appear realist, initially, but her interpretive uses of color, brush stroke and pencil line, and the textural relationship between foreground and background, all conspire to show us something deeper. Just as the everyday and the mythological intermingle in these works, so do classical perspective and expressionism.”
Associate Professor & Chair
Department of Language and Literature
Texas A&M International University