A daily obsession with living healthy, what we eat, where our food comes from, and how it is grown and prepared has provided the focus for my current series, The Market. For the past three years I have been working on a collection that has grown to over 150 paintings, inspired by regular visits to the farmers’ markets in Austin. Initially I documented my impressions on small squares of heavy Fabriano cotton paper. The tiny 4 x 4” watercolors were used as studies for the larger paintings that followed. I looked to the market as a model for returning to the fresh fruits and vegetables my family cultivated in our small Detroit backyard garden. I also sought out with curiosity the mysterious varieties of watermelon radishes, maroon carrots, fennel, oyster mushrooms, and golden beets that were not familiar to our family crop – ever mindful of the seeds, the patterns, and the process that eventually bring these edible organic treasures to our table.
Many of the paintings are abstract but are influenced by the form, color and patterns I have observed, studied, and recorded. After my outings a market bag’s contents would be sliced, cut, chopped, diced, and sketched before the painting began. My objective is to capture not only what I observe but to isolate, simplify and glorify the produce, recording the essence of a fruit or vegetable with the evocative and sensuous forms always revealed in nature. My desire is that my artwork will allow the observer to see a familiar form with a unique perspective.
A solo exhibition of The Market opens at The Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas on March 5, 2016 and runs through April 16. The exhibit is co-produced by Edible Austin magazine. A reception for the artist is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, March 5, from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. The Davis Gallery is located at 837 West 12th Street in Austin, Texas 78701. During the exhibit Jan will be painting in the gallery every Wednesday from 12 to 2.
To view the full painting or a slideshow, please click on a thumbnail from the gallery above.