Featured Artist Janet Vanderhoof

Enjoy the lovely color-drenched portfolio of artist Janet Vanderhoof, and see more from this talented painter by visiting her website.


Lover's Leaf

“Lover’s Leaf” Acrylic & Oil, 24″ x 36″


Janet Vanderhoof, a military brat by her own definition, was born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1951. She currently resides in rural Northern California, surrounding herself with nature and her inspiration for landscape painting.


Gateway to Chinatown

“Gateway to Chinatown” Acrylic, 8″ x 8″


It wasn’t until her youngest was born with Down syndrome that she began to reexamine her life and begin exploring a long-dormant desire to study art. “Finally, at 38, I decided to follow my bliss.” Janet Vanderhoof earned a B.A. from San Jose State University; she continues her education in fine art, through additional college classes, seminars and private lessons.


Gaugin In Hanalei

“Gaugin In Hanalei” Acrylic, 30″ x 30″


Vanderhoof is a Colorist and Regionalist, influenced by the Fauves, the German Expressionists and the School of Color and Light, introduced by Hawthorne and Henry Henche, an approach originated by Monet. She likes to call her work “Modern Impressionism.” Her oil paintings are dramatic, with attention to composition, color and light, showing large flat planes of color, offset by areas of bold expressionistic strokes. She enjoys using rich neutrals to counter balance the use of pure bright color. “My first love is color; it is the emotional force behind all my paintings.”


Happiness Project

“Happiness Project” Oil, 48″ x 48″


Motivated to create a big challenge for her in 2012, to paint 52 paintings in one year and now in 2013 to paint 20,000 square inches  has been a great opportunity for growth and success.  She journals her experience in her blog, recording her paintings as she paints them as well, developing a great body of work for her Landscape and San Francisco Series.


California Here I Come

“California Here I Come” Oil, 24″ x 48″


Her first challenge was inspired by a voice and her second was a realization that committing to the journey was her responsibility. Accomplishing these challenges have opened the doors to art shows, new customers and her success as a working artist, creating a great momentum for future goals.


Third Eye Samurai

“Third Eye Samurai” Acrylic, 24″ x 36″


Janet Vanderhoof is also a published artist with Grand Image  in Washington POD (print on demand) and Artaissance, a Berskhire Hathaway company, who have acquired close to 40 of her images to produce and sell her prints and giclees.


Tree Wisdom

“Tree Wisdom” Acrylic & Oil, 24″ x 36″


Her studio and where she can be contacted is in Morgan Hill, California in the heart of Silicon Valley.


Janet Vanderhoof invites you to connect with her on Facebook  and Twitter.


  1. Thank you for your support Carolyn and the wonderful job on the feature. I especially love how you displayed the photos.

  2. Janet is a brilliant artist and is SO dedicated to this years goal. I have known Janet through the most recent part of her journey and it’s been a pleasure watching her blossom and bloom. Thank you for showcasing this amazing artist. ~meeshka

  3. Dixie MacUisdin says

    Lovely to see these paintings showcased this way, Janet. While I admire the street scenes, I really feel that you have attained a certain freedom with the landscapes that really shines forth. It is inspiring to watch your journey!

  4. Irmgard Geul says

    Janet’s compositions, colors and energy are so inspiring to me, can’t wait to see the next part of her artistic journey!

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