Janet Onofrey

Painter

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Janet Onofrey

Painter

My current body of work questions what we prefer to see, that which is taken for granted, the
passage of time and reflects a lifelong ongoing collaboration with a place, memory, and light.
I typically paint from life, “en Plein air”, (in the open air) as the Impressionists coined the
phrase at the turn of the last century. This direct observation of life blends the moments of the
act of seeing and painting with my personal history and creates a connection to a meaningful
experience.
My subject matter is not particularly outstanding, but scenes that are routinely
overlooked...the un-seen. I select a perspective, strong in abstract shapes, that is a reflection of
reality and a sense of place that at any moment can be lost to time. Often, and relatively in a
short time- my subject is altered by construction or random circumstances. Primarily urban
scenes, my work also deals with the impermanence of our existence. It reflects a personal and
social identity with change as the only constant force. This slice of reality is set in isolation,
without the presence of people, to evoke a sense of stillness and quietude that allows the
character of the space to speak.

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