Artist Janet Ekholm is a rising star on the West Coast art scene. Her bold colors and the unique serenity in her work are very familiar to art lovers across the country and even a collector in Hong Kong has sought out her work. Janet and her art have been featured in a special segment of Oregon Public Television's Oregon Art Beat. Please see below if you wish to view her segment of the Oregon Art Beat program.
Janet studied art history in France in the 1970’s and immersed herself in Impressionism and the other great periods of French art. In the 1980’s she lived in Istanbul, Turkey, and the influence of Turkish folklore and the cultural influence of Anatolia can be seen in her work today. First working with colored pencil drawings, her style moved to the warm, rich pastel works you see today. These oil pastels allow her to use earthy, intense colors to reveal the spirit of our surroundings and the beauty she sees in life.
Janet says, “I love painting the human figure, especially the female figure. I want to celebrate the inner strength and grace of women, surrounded by the things that matter to them….the simple pleasures of the home and the beauty of nature. I hope my paintings help to elevate the spirit of the viewer, induce harmony, and a sense of peace.”
Janet's latest collection is on display and for sale at Troon Winery in the beautiful Applegate Valley in Grants Pass Oregon. This exhibit features four of her newest paintings. Her new paintings are more brilliant, bold and unique than anything she has done to date and are a true once in a lifetime experience. Please come by Troon Winery, located at 1475 Kubli Road, Grants Pass, Oregon, or call Craig Camp, general manager of Troon Winery, at 541-930-2089 if you are interested in viewing this exhibit.
Two of Janet's paintings, Color of Life and Wine Dance, were selected to grace the labels of the wines of Cornerstone Cellars and Cornerstone Oregon, where they are enjoyed by wine lovers across the country.
Watch Janet Ekholm featured on Oregon Public Television below: