We live in a time and culture where millions of images bombard our senses at incredible speeds relentlessly from everywhere. But are we really seeing? There are things we don’t see, even when we are looking straight at them, and other things we stare at obsessively, so that we are blind to everything else. This is human nature.
My plein air paintings deal with the act of seeing and the passage of time. The essence of the plein air experience is to capture a moment, using paint to express a self reflective response to a view. My subject matter is not particularly spectacular, but scenes that are routinely overlooked - the unseen. Without the distraction of people, the city’s character shines yet remains a stage for its residents and their lives.
Taking the time to actually see the subject, to connect, for a few hours, blends the moments of the act of seeing with my personal history. And in a blink of an eye, the art illuminates the object and raises the viewers’ consciousness and field of vision. To find beauty in the ordinary alters the object that is seen and transforms the seer, never to be the same.
Exhibits: 2017 - "The Eclectics" Citi Ctr, Pompano Beach FL / 2016 - Bucks County Plein Air Festival, Newtown PA / "Solo Vernissage" Skopelos Foundation of the Arts Residency, Skopelos Greece / "Painting and Seeing" University of North Carolina, Wilmington NC / "In Plein Sight" Solo Exhibit, City Hall, Palm Beach Gardens FL / 2015 - "New Art", South Florida Cultural Consortium Show, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL / "ArtFields", Lake City SC / "Plein Air Festival", Lighthouse Art Center, Jupiter FL / 2014 - "New Works", Rosemary Duffy Larsen Gallery, Davie FL / "Florida Contemporary", Baker Museum, Naples FL / "24th Annual All-Florida Show" juried, Stuart FL / 2013 - "Tri-County Biennial", ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale FL / "62nd Annual All-Florida Show" juried, Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton FL / "Annual Show" juried, Florida Museum of Women Artists, DeLand FL / 2012 - "Unseen", Lee Wagener Gallery, Ft.Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport / "60th Annual All Florida", Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton FL / "One", Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Exhibition Series, Gallery 217, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale FL / "Utopia Subdivided" solo, Hall Street Gallery, Savannah GA / "American Women Artists National", Dallas TX / "New Work", Broward College Central Campus Fine Arts Gallery, Davie, FL / "SECAC Conference Members", 1708 Gallery Richmond VA / Andrews Art Museum, Andrews, NC / "Where I’m From", RFD Gallery, Swainsboro GA / "Vernissage" 2007 solo, Lacoste, France / "American Impressionist Society National" 2007 - Hilligoss Gallery, Chicago IL / "Plein Air Easton National" 2005 - Easton MD / "21st Anniversary-Palm Beach Watercolor Society", Palm Beach FL/ "Directors Invitational" 2004 - Coral Springs Artist Guild, Coral Springs FL / "Impressions", 2003 - Sunrise Civic Center Gallery solo, Sunrise FL/ Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Fort Lauderdale FL / "Impressions of Old Florida" 2004-10, Bonnet House, Fort Lauderdale FL / "Paint the Town", Alla Prima Fine Art, Saint Petersburg FL / "Inspirations" 2003-05 - Cornell Museum, Delray Beach FL / "Artescape", Gallery Victoria, Naples FL
Awards: 2015 Visual and Media Fellowship, South Florida Cultural Consortium / Merit Award, "Inspirations 2003", Cornell Museum, Delray Beach FL / Award of Distinction, "Artescape", Gallery Victoria, Naples FL / First Place, "Inspirations 2004", Cornell Museum, Delray Beach FL / Honorable Mention, "Paint the Town 2005", Alla Prima Fine Art, Saint Petersburg FL / Judges Recognition, "Art Florida", Artserve, Fort Lauderdale FL / Best in Show "Big" 2012, ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale FL / 2015 Fellowship, South Florida Cultural Consortium, Boca Raton FL
Publications: "New American Paintings" Juried Exhibition-in-Print, Edition #82
Associations: Plein Air Florida / Fort Lauderdale Plein Air / Oil Painters of America / American Impressionist Society / Southeastern College Art Conference / College Art Association
Contact: Janet Onofrey