As for me, I am grateful for the chance to do what I love every day - paint the beauty of nature, including that of my native New England and places I have traveled. On my blog, I share with you some of my small daily paintings and demonstrations of larger works and pet portraits.
If you see something you like on my site, but it has been sold, please contact me to discuss having a print or a custom painting made.
I'm always happy to hear from you whether you are an art collector or an artist. Feel free to leave a comment on my art blog and let me know what you think. Wishing you many blessings! ~Janet
Fortunately for all involved, I finally found an acceptable outlet for my desire to draw when I began formal art training with a private tutor at age eight. Later, I studied art at Nazareth College of Rochester, Southern Connecticut State University and Rhode Island School of Design.
While raising three sons, I worked for eighteen years as a part-time free-lance illustrator in pen and ink and digital graphics. In 1994 I began working in watercolor and fell in love with painting! When my watercolors won Best in Show at my first juried art show in 1997, it encouraged me to leave a public school teaching job and become an artist full-time. I never looked back and have been painting daily ever since.
Besides all the above, I sell my watercolor and oil paintings online here on my website ZehOriginalArt.com and on Etsy. Additionally, I do an occasional outdoor show and hold a yearly open studio. My hundreds of paintings (actually over a thousand) have been collected throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Russia.
So now that you know about my work, how about when I'm not painting? I'm a nature lover and find inspiration and relaxation out-of-doors. I like to walk in the countryside or at the beach, climb a mountain or two, and do some gardening in my studio flower gardens.
For my paintings, I choose themes from nature that interest and inspire me - flowers from my garden and the landscapes and seascapes of my native New England or my travels. My goal is to accentuate the form and life of a subject through the use of value and color in order to draw the viewer into the scene. Therefore, a painting must be as engaging up close as it is from a distance. I am particularly fascinated with the rainbow of hues found in the shadows of white flowers and will often use complements to achieve sumptuous glowing color. ~JZ
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