“I am fascinated with distortion, especially abstracted shapes found in reflections. Since I like layers, I am using transparent objects in order to see into and through them, and how they affect each other. To personalize my work, I am using objects that were previously owned by family members; some were useful, some held precious items, and many were gifts as reminders of special events.”- Janet Parker
Janet Parker, a retired art teach in Kanawha County, WV, chooses to feature not only objects in her still life paintings but the history that comes along with these object. The green elephant shown in this piece “Five Apples and a Green Elephant” was originally a gift from her father to her mother on their first date. She uses Acrylics on Canvas to capture all the details in this painting on canvas features in Tamarack’s exhibition titled “A Teachable Moment”, an exhibition that features artwork by educators around the mountain state. This exhibition ends April 7thso hurry in and find your next valuable memory at Tamarack.
Artist: Janet Parker
County: Kanawha County
Title: Five Apples and a Green Elephant
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Want a bite? With Extra Cheese, is a watercolor painting by Beckley artist, Jason Sly. It is currently on hanging in the Photo Finish themed exhibition in the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery at Tamarack. This realistic painting is one of three artworks by Jason Sly in this exhibition. His more recent watercolor focus has been on foods and the variety of textures each one presents.
As Sly said, it was “Lotta fun making something so messy and full of interesting lines and textures.” This playful approach is what’s drawing guests in to take a closer look at this piece. It’s not your typical pristine still life subject but that’s what makes it interesting. Come see it in person! Photo Finish is exhibiting at Tamarack until Sunday, February 24th.
Artist: Jason Sly
County: Raleigh County
Title: With Extra Cheese