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May Issue 2006
WICKWIRE fine art/folk art in Hendersonville, NC, Features Works by Janet Green Jacobson
fine art/folk art in Hendersonville, NC, will present the exhibit,
Distant Horizons, Mirrored Reflections, featuring mixed
media paintings by Janet Green Jacobson, on view from May 5 -
Through rich, bold colors - softly blended - Jacobson's landscapes evoke a feeling of mystery and timelessness. In minimizing the use of details, she creates a mood by the qualities of light and how it plays on objects.
Jacobson's landscapes convey a love of the land that comes from the heart, and from living in the mountains of North Carolina all her life. A native of Hendersonville, NC, she has earned the respect of jurors, fellow artists, and the public alike. Jacobson's career began as a traditional watercolorist but over the years she has explored many different media as well as subject matter. From watercolor, she moved to acrylics and mixed media and from there to oils.
Currently, Jacobson works in oils, first priming a canvas with blue acrylic then completing the painting with oils. She still considers herself a student, maintaining that the learning process never stops. Jacobson feels that with each finished painting, she is a different artist than when she began the painting. She finds inspiration from a wide range of subject matter. Currently, landscapes are her main focus however she maintains that the real subject of her paintings is light.
For those who have followed Jacobson's career,
they have watched her style gradually shift from detailed realism
toward a more contemporary art form. Though many loved her earlier
representational style of watercolors, she now creates from an
emotive focus centering on memories and feelings of her surroundings
- an art of imaginative concept rather than analytical observation.
This process has freed her creativity resulting in works which
incorporate movement, texture, and always a strong sense of design.
Jacobson extracts simplified but bold patterns from the natural landscape, minimizing the use of details. In this way she helps to create a mood by the qualities of light and its play on objects, and finding the abstract patterns that are created by this light. Through the use of rich, bold colors that are softly blended, Jacobson's landscapes evoke a feeling of mystery and meditative stillness. She has recently introduced figures into her landscapes, adding an effect of nostalgic melancholy.
Jacobson studied at the University of South Carolina, earning a BA and MFA. She has participated in juried exhibitions with the National Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society and the North Carolina Watercolor Society. Her work has been shown in galleries in Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Aspen and Scottsdale. Twelve works were purchased and now hang in the Henderson County courthouse in North Carolina. Jacobson was the recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant in 1996, and honored locally as Best Artist of the Year for 1995. She shows primarily in western North Carolina, participating in exhibitions throughout the region.
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