July 12, 2021
I am a contemporary figurative painter with a passion for capturing the essence of women from the 40s, 50s and 60s. It is a challenge and a joy to illustrate the beauty, and unique substance of women from these eras.
My first introduction to art was when I moved as a child to South Beach, Florida where my grandmother was, among many things, an artist. This was the early sixties and I was fascinated by my bohemian and very political grandmother. The intriguing scent of oil paints in her small artsy apartment has guided me so many years later to painting with oils myself. The afternoons that I spent exploring her photo albums - crazy with so many pictures of herself, her friends and family during the tumultuous, yet glorious eras of the forties, fifties and sixties have penetrated my soul.
One of my favorite pieces was a painting of a woman wearing a long pencil skirt going up a staircase. Women used to wear nylons with seams down the back, and there was just something about that painting that made me hate giving it up. I like to think it was the kickoff that got me motivated to do more of that type of painting.
Working in oils, with brushes and palette knives, I create wide and expressive strokes. Many of my pieces are duo-toned, using white as a color along with Paynes Grey or Sepia. To challenge myself, I constantly try and learn new techniques, so I don’t always work in the same style.
Fortunately, I have been able to carve out a small corner studio in my cottage on the Saco River and am always so inspired by the beauty here in Maine.
- Janel Eleftherakis, Contemporary Figurative Painter
To learn more, please visit:https://artbyjanel.com/