Originally from Western Canada, Janice Wright now calls Arvada, Colorado her home. A Visual Communications graduate from the Alberta College of Art of Canada, Wright worked as a graphic designer for over fifteen years. A one year residence in Europe provided her the opportunity to see paintings that previously she had only seen in art history books. Profoundly moved by the experience, she stopped producing commercial art and began to paint in earnest. Influenced by the dynamic brush strokes of Van Gogh, and the American Expressionists Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell, she works in acrylic. An avid hiker and photographer, she draws upon the landscape around her for subject matter and inspiration. Her work has been exhibited in multiple group and solo shows in Canada and the US and she has won much acclaim for her work.
I am inspired by the rhythm that I see in nature. At first glance, elements of nature can seem random or chaotic in their appearance or placement. A forest may contain trees of many shapes and sizes, clumped together in staggered groups. But with closer examination, it becomes apparent that there is nothing random about the shape, size or placement of the trees. Nature is a master planner; all things follow their own unique pattern, coexisting harmoniously with all other elements in the universe.
When I paint I strive to paint the way nature does, with a sense of rhythm that is present in every brushstroke. Like a tightrope walker on a wire, I try to balance the elements of shape and color, size and weight, texture and transparency. When I achieve harmony or balance, the individual parts form a synergy which makes the piece feel whole.