Tranquil and Inviting
“People who love my work say they feel as though they can walk right into my images and take a deep breath, because the space there is so tranquil and inviting. My use of vibrant color and undulating shapes create a sense of calm yet buoyant joy, and the pathways and roads I incorporate invite exploration. The colors and shapes carry awareness on a journey throughout the picture space.”
– Jane Aukshunas
I like to work “en plein air” (on location in the great outdoors), but painting outdoors can sometimes be challenging. At times, while working by the side of busy roads, I have had to hold tightly to my drawing board when trucks roared by. I have had to devise ways to keep my oil pastels from melting on hot summer days, and during the rainy season, I occasionally have to work inside my car, using the windshield wipers to clear my view of the landscape.
Perhaps because my formal art training is rooted in design, I pare down the world around me to the essential elements, shapes and colors that have become the crux of my imagery. Vibrant color and sensuality of line give my work a playful and contemporary feeling, and the images in my art reflect my love of rhythm, music and movement. I have had a lifelong interest in textiles, and consequently, my imagery is influenced by fabric design.
Oregon Landscape Artist
Going out to paint in different seasons to capture the changing colors of the year, I tune in to the mysterious power of the natural world and translate what I see and feel into the essential elements, shapes, and colors that are the crux of my imagery. Searching out the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful places, I paint the crimson clover fields of spring, summer’s flowing rows of lavender, golden autumn vineyards, mauve berry fields in winter, and throughout the year, I am always searching for just the right hillsides to capture the stretching shadows cast by the late afternoon sun. I specialize in vineyard art and images of lavender, and gladly accept art commissions. See the Gallery page to find out more about my original work and giclee art reproductions of my imagery.