"What success? Money? Fame?
Success of the true artist is in knowing he has stated the truth of his vision in his own terms."
-Maynard Dixon, 1938
I have drawn and painted all my life, but several years ago I "discovered" Maynard Dixon's work. It really tapped into the feeling I have for the land and the beauty of the vast spaces in the west. Maynard Dixon's work and the fact that every morning I only have to look out my window to see miles and miles of juniper and sage really inspire me. I am attracted to the openness of the west and whether it is the sky, the land or even the relics?old buildings, abandoned motels, trailers?I feel I can breathe out here. It is my hope that my work gives others some of the feeling I had when I first saw Maynard Dixon's work, Edgar Payne's work and the work of other great western landscape painters.
Janice Macarthy Druian, lives above the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. From her studio there is an unimpeded view of the Cascade Mountains to the west and the high desert and Ochoco Mountains to the east. An undergraduate minor in Fine Art (University of California at San Francisco) was followed by a Masters degree (Cum Laude) in Art Education at the University of Oregon. There she studied with Laverne Krauss, Tom Fawkes and Frank Okada. As a graduate student her work was primarily figurative. Upon moving to Central Oregon, the beauty of the high desert was so compelling that she moved to landscape, and particularly plein air painting. Janice is both a plein air painter and a studio painter. Like many other landscape painters she believes that plein air painting is an essential part of being a serious studio landscape painter. An important part of this journey has been learning from other painters--members of Plein Air Painters of Oregon, and fine teachers like Ken Auster, Joshua Been, Jean LeGassick, Richard McKinley, John Poon, Bob Rohm and Morgan Samuel Price. Her main influences in are are the great past painters Maynard Dixon and Edgar Payne and current artists Jean Legassick and William Wray. Janice's work is displayed at several galleries in the region. She has also participated in invitational and juried shows in many galleries, colleges and museums. MEMBERSHIPS:
- Oil Painters of America
- Plein Air Painters of Oregon
- Women Artists of the West