Enjoy the lovely color-drenched portfolio of artist Janet Vanderhoof, and see more from this talented painter by visiting her website.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Her studio and where she can be contacted is in Morgan Hill, California in the heart of Silicon Valley.