Sunday, July 07, 2013

Janet Dixon Red White and Blue

Janet Dixon will be our featured artist for July and August. The opening of her show "Red, White, and Blue" will be during the July ArtWalk, July 12, 5-8 pm. Stop in and meet the artist!

In 1990 Janet began experimenting with watercolors. She took a course at the Center for Creative Arts in Yorklyn, DE and has been painting nearly every day since. She now teaches art herself and has been doing so for a large part of her career."I have been working on this show for over a year and did not realize it! When asked to be the featured artist in Carolina Creations for the months of July and August I knew I wanted to do a show but I wasn’t sure what I would do. When Carolina Creations requested a title for the show I chose “Red, White, and Blue”. Considering the works would hang in July, I felt that was an appropriate title. I also felt it would give me some wiggle room to come up with work that would include those colors.

All my work includes those colors of some degree or another. But I felt I owed the viewers who were coming for “Red, White, and Blue” something more obviously red, white, and blue. To incorporate the title into the show I have painted each of the original full pallet paintings in paintings which are literally done in red, white, and blue. 

The idea of showing these works of art together creates an atmosphere for the viewer to explore the work a little further. The full pallet pieces can be studied for the full spectrum of their colors. Then the viewer can explore the same subject in a limited pallet of red, white, and blue for a little more intrigue. 

Creating works of art is a big part of what I believe I was created to do. It was very exciting for me and a challenge to create this body of work. I hope you enjoy the intrigue and playfulness of all the works shown in “Red, White, and Blue."

Janet loves the freedom and challenge of watercolor and the process of discovery that takes place when the paint itself takes on a life of its own. This creative process is a natural outgrowth of her faith which gives her the inspiration and direction to accomplish the beauty found in her work. She paints flowers in nature, old barns, houses and other old buildings which have become a part of the natural landscape. 

Janet has exhibited in numerous art shows, mostly in the Delaware, Philadelphia and North Carolina areas. She has been commissioned by local and out-of-state collectors and her work is part of many corporate and private collections. 

She was selected out of 11,000 artists across the United States as a finalist in “The Artist” Magazine’s 1997 art competition. Janet, also, was one of ten finalists in the “International Artist’s Magazine” 2002 art competition. She has taught private art lessons out of her studio since 1993.

In 2005, Janet became a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, and was published in the book How Did You Paint That?: 100 Ways to Paint People and Figures.

Janet is a native of Greensboro and currently lives in New Bern.

Meet the artist, Friday, July 12, 2013, 5-8 pm.

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