Since Janet was old enough to hold a crayon, she has known that she would become an artist. From Impressionism to Realism, Janet has traveled down many roads of discovery, finding inspiration in every style, medium, and subject matter. Being an artist is not just what she does, it is who she is.
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Q: What inspires you?
A: On a personal level, I have always looked for beauty in commonplace scenes or objects, as can be seen in my still life imagery. Plato said, “It is beauty I seek, not beautiful things.”
Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not creating art?
A: Tending to my rose gardens and fern garden. I guess that is creating too, isn’t it?
Q: Are there current art trends that you love or hate?
A: For me, the current art trends of today are sometimes off the scale of art. Although I am a traditionalist and favor realism in some form, I can appreciate some of the current trends in art, and I enjoy seeing good abstract art.
Q: Whose art can we find displayed in your home?
A: Well, of course there is a surplus of Kruskamp art in every room on every wall! I do have a litho by Norman Rockwell (of course!) and a signed drawing of Prince Valiant by Hal Foster. These two artists were my first idols as a small child.
I also have displayed some very old prints, including The Song of the Lark by Jules Breton, Dinner for Threshers by Grant Wood and Shepherd’s Call.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
A: Start with a good teacher who teaches BASICS and who teaches from LIFE! It is very true that everything you need to know about color, value, and composition is all there in a still life. And of course, paint everyday! The more you practice at anything the better you become.
Q: How do you feel about dogs playing poker?
A: I love the painting! It is clever, creative and humorous and also shows a great deal of talent. As far as the dogs go, I choose the one with the best hand!
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