Location: New Zealand
Janis is a self taught photographer and painter. She started painting to recover from a brain tumour in 2007. Prefering to use acrylics, she paints landscapes, portraits and a few abstract works.
Her painting contrasts with and complements her work developing collective wisdom with organisations. The process of painting enables her to think and gain more insight.
These paintings show the Wairarapa New Zealand in drought. It is beautiful and the colours spectacular.
This is the road to White Rock - beautiful colours contrasted with the road.
The colours of drought - sad but beautiful. This stockyard in Martinborough New Zealand
Red sheds are typical in rural NZ. I wanted to capture the beuty of one in the drought of the Wairarapa.
After the drought came the spring....
A lake by the sea
I try to paint portraits that represent the special essense of people. Perfection is rarely beautiful and certainly doesn't show character. I hope to allude to these in my paintings.
I like bold colours and symbols, but more recent paintings have been more metaphorical and complex.
I painted this for my mother on her 80th birthday - she loves Peru and all thing Aztec. The beak and talons are gold leaf.
I painted this after an operation to remove a brain tumour - this was a reflection of my mind at the time.The material is ripped but there are brightly coloured memories underneath and lots of growth on the surface!
The brain connects - our thoughts are wired. The older we get, the more our chances of connecting thoughts across a vast landscape of different areas of knowledge in our minds. This is cognitive wisdom.
I love taking photos - these are some of the ones I really like. They all have something to say.
This is the old customs house and the first tree planted by settlers in Russell New Zealand. Russell became the capital of NZ for a short time and a raucus hell hole of whalers. Both building and tree are about the same age - I love the contrast between the two - one with no straight lines and the other with no curves; natural vs man-made.
I really like this candid shot of my friend Jean's kitten willow. So trusting.
Taken at the botanical gardens in Hobart - a beautiful metaphor for wisdom.
This is a collection of paintings from various inspirations.
This is the bach of our friends Garry and Shirley in Wooley's Bay North of Auckland
Our favourite place to walk. This is Anchor Bay.
Painted from one of my photos - I just loved the way the lines crossed and formed a pattern.
The colour of Italy blew me away. I had to paint this scene!
A painting of Wooley's Bay in the far North with Garry and Shirley's back in the distance.
A lovely little hill village where we stayed in Liguria. The darker side of Italy is represented by the graffitti on the wall and the darker reality of life within the walls(inside the gate).The tourist side is light but the detail disguised by a sheer curtain.