Welcome to a series of galleries highlighting my work.
Velocity is a project that has been ongoing since I started snapping photos in 2014 of the reflections and distortions captured in the windows of public transportation traveling quickly on highways. It’s part of a longstanding exploration of time and movement.
Velocity 101N Jan 19 2018 #1
Velocity Lakeville Hway N Nov 17 2014 #2
Velocity Northbound Sonoma January #3
Velocity 101N Jan 19 2018 #2
Velocity Lakeville Hway N Nov 17 2014 #1
Velocity Northbound Sonoma January #1
Velocity Lakeville Hway N Nov 17 2014 #3
Velocity Northbound Sonoma January #2
Velocity Russian River January
Conversing With The Dead
Last year I was offered the opportunity to recycle a cache of paintings from a local artist who had died. They were her failed experiments, not part of her catalog. Realizing that several of the canvases were too heavily textured to be simply reused, I asked her widower's permission to work directly on these pieces. He graciously assented.
It was clear that this body of work would not be about her; rather the process would be a collaboration with her, responding in the moment to her marks, colors, and textures. The overarching theme would be death, dying, loss, and acceptance.
Having worked primarily as a figurative artist for many decades, this has been and continues to be a very different and challenging project. I find myself spending days looking intently at each canvas for each half hour spent working on it.
It requires an openness of spirit and inquiry that hasn't been needed in my work to date. In common with all my work, it is intended to allow each viewer to enter and wander, finding their own narrative.
Too Early Winter
But a Moment's Sunlight
Tonal Study, Cow Skull, Charcoal
A Most Becoming Couple, colored pencil
Distorted Grid, Flynn and DeHavilland, graphite
The Seasonal Creeks of Ukiah, ink on paper
Tonal Study, Edible Still Life, charcoal
Tonal Study, Pine Cone and Shoe, graphite
Does art have intrinsic value? How is it decided? Museums "deaccession" old work to raise funds for new work. In 2005, in need of space, I decide to start deaccessioning some of my work into the public areas of San Francisco. In 2019,after a lot of years living in Ukiah, things are accumulating again. I will be using a red-inked “deaccesssioned” stamp on work being left out to live its own life, and will probably alert people via the Janet Rosen Fine Arts page on Facebook.
Time and season are easy to track in a rural area, from the changing path of the sun to the shifting colors of grass and leaves. Sun-drenched oak-studded hills, the repeating triangle structure of the Mayacamas mountains to the east, and intensely bright yellow mosses on the arms of trees limbed like dancers frozen in place are just a few of the things that continue to fascinate me.
Pine Ridge Road Tree Study
Morning Sun Chases Full Moon
Waning Crescent at Daybreak Early November
Late in the Day (Mountain House Road)
On the Eel
Fog Over Boonville Road
During the 30 years I lived in the Sunset district of San Francisco, the ocean was a powerful daily presence. Sky, fog, wind, water...ever shifting, sometimes faster than the eye can catch. How to capture a moment?
Waves and Rocks
Waves, Reflected Light
Waves to Shore
After the Storm
After years of drought, we saw wonderfully wet weather during the winter of 2016-2017, and I took advantage of this to take a lot of photos of the seasonal creeks running high and fast through Ukiah. By the time I got around to painting from the reference photos, the newly done Velocity series had turned my attention to a more personal way of approaching the material.
The Opening of Wildflower Season
Study in Scarlet
deaccessioned san francisco
Does art have intrinsic value? How is it decided? Museums "deaccession" old work to raise funds for new work. In 2005, in need of space, I decide to start deaccessioning some of my own work, documenting where I left it in public spaces. It felt very freeing to just release them out into the world to stand on their own...
i stopped breathing
A project by and for the caregiver. Hospitalization raises issues of abandonment, disability, lost opportunity, & mortality, so that grief, loss, and existential anxiety are the emotional subtexts for the family of the patient. The suspension of daily life and the distortion of emotional reactions isolates one from the larger community for whom life "goes on." You can see each painting accompanied by a text written for it by Janet Rosen at her flickr album.