Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Art of Janis Zroback

I’ve decided to start a new segment on my blog today, where I will be introducing to my readers; the works of an artist greatly admired by me. Needless to say, I am totally excited about doing this, not just because it brings me close to the art of people I’ve looked up to, but it also gives me a chance to do an interview with them and ask all the questions that I’ve always been dying to ask.

So it gives me great pleasure in introducing to you all, the art of one of my most admired artists, Janis Zroback. Her paintings are always overflowing with colors and the enthusiasm and passion she feels for her art is evident in her works. She experiments with different styles and subject matters, each of which she presents as a series. Her series on food  looks so delicious that it makes your mouth water and the poppy journals, which is my personal favorite, is simply ingenious. Janis's artworks have been featured in many magazines and she has appeared in many popular decorating television shows. Janis has also taught art at various colleges and privately in her studio. 

In spite of being a self taught artist, her dedication towards painting is commendable. She paints for the sake of art, because she doesn’t know how to live otherwise, and not for the commercial benefits. This reckless abandon is what appealed so much to me simply because it showed me how to look at the process of creating art. I got the chance to interview this Canadian artist and would like to share it with you....

An e-interview with Janis Zroback

What inspires you to paint and keep motivated?

I need no inspiration or motivation…I paint every day regardless of how I feel…it is as if I have to paint to live..

What are the things that were instrumental to your growth as and artist?

The unconditional support of my family

Artists are known to be moody..How do you make art when you feel blocked?

I am never moody and never experienced being blocked…even if I don’t have a plan, I paint any way and some of those unplanned moments have elicited some of my best work..

How difficult was it for you as a self taught artist to find your footing in the art world?

I simply established a niche for myself…being motivated from inside myself helps, as it would not matter to me if I never sold a thing…it’s the journey that’s important..

Any tips for upcoming self taught artists?

Read, look at art as much as you can, study the masters, visit museums and art galleries, experiment

How do you handle the business aspect of art?

I spend as much time or more on the business of art, than I do on creating art…it’s the only way..

How good is the online art market and how does one start selling online?

The online market is the growing way to sell art, and in the future will probably dominate the art market…artists are more and more taking the marketing of their work into their own hands and many galleries are moving over to an online setting..

Where can we view more of your works online?

I have my own website Janispainteseveryday.com and I am also listed on numerous other sites, but RedBubble is my main online selling point…I also sell creative works shoe, bags, business, cards, etc. on Zazzle under painteveryday

With that we come to the end of this weeks feature. It was great for me to be able to gain insight into the art of Janis Zroback. Her art continues to inspire me. I hope you enjoyed it as well. I would love to get your feedback on it so please leave comments.

That’s it for now…….Happy Painting!!!

1 comment:

  1. The one thing I appreciate most about Janis - aside from her amazing talent - is her willingness to share. Every day she shares tips, warnings, marketing advice, thoughtful reflections on what it means to be an artist. Out of that has come not only a deeper appreciation of the extraordinary beauty of her art but of her as a person and as a friend.